Basketball legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich will be immortalized forever on LSU's campus after a vote Monday.
The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved a statue for the "Pistol" Monday to go along with the statues of two other former LSU basketball players: Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Pettit.
"We are extremely pleased that the Hall of Fame Committee has chosen to honor one of the most influential players in basketball history with a statue on our campus," said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. "The committee acknowledged that Pete was a very gifted, unique individual whose impact transcended the game and continues to inspire those who love our university."
The move comes less than 10 days after LSU changed its policy on statues, no longer requiring the subject to be a graduate of the university.
Maravich is the all-time scoring leader in college basketball history with 3,667 points, an average of 44.2 points per game over three seasons (1967-68, 1968-69 and 1969-70). Maravich set the record in three season as freshmen were not able to play varsity competition at the time and there was also no three-point line or shot clock.
The Louisiana Legislature renamed the LSU Assembly Center to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after his death in 1988.
Maravich went on to become a five-time NBA All-Star after leaving LSU. He is a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, along with Pettit and Shaq.
The statue of Pettit will be unveiled on Saturday, February 27 before LSU’s game against Florida at the PMAC. The statue of Shaq was put in on the north side of the PMAC in September 2011.
"It’s truly remarkable that three of the 50 greatest players in NBA history were LSU Tigers," Alleva said. "Now, Pete Maravich will rightfully join fellow legends Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Pettit in receiving the highest honor we can bestow upon a student-athlete -- the installation of a statue that will be admired for generations."
The design and construction details for the Pete Maravich statue will be released in the coming months, according to LSU.
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