Bob Pettit and Shaq are going to have company outside the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge.
The arena’s namesake, “Pistol” Pete Maravich, will become immortalized after LSU’s athletic Hall of Fame committee approved a third basketball statue at the school, per NOLA.com.
A large Shaquille O’Neal tribute has been on the center’s north side since 2011, while a new statue of Pettit is scheduled for a Feb. 27 unveiling.
“It’s truly remarkable that three of the 50 greatest players in NBA history were LSU Tigers,” athletic director Joe Alleva told NOLA.com. “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.”
Maravich, a Hall-of-Fame guard who set the NCAA scoring record at LSU from 1967-1970, passed away in 1988 from heart failure. While he did not dominate the NBA like O’Neal or Pettit, he is widely considered one of the greatest shooters ever, and his showmanship left a lasting impression on the league.
More information on his statue will be revealed later in the year.