Sculptor on making Pete Maravich Statue
LSU legend and NCAA all-time scoring leader Pete Maravich was honored at LSU for show-stopping play with a statue in front of the LSU practice facility on Monday night.
Pistol Pete Maravich, who was a three time All-American at LSU from 1968-70, had his statue unveiled by his wife Jackie and sons Jaeson and Josh joining both Shaquille O'Neal and Bob Pettit on the plaza.
Maravich's statue shows the basketball wizard in the middle of one of his iconic skills, the behind-the-back pass. The pose was chosen by Maravich’s two sons.
More information on the night can be seen in an LSU release below:
Peter Press Maravich scored 3,667 points in his three seasons at a time when there was no three-point shot, no shot clock and despite not being able to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules. He finished with an amazing scoring average of 44.2 points a game, an average that would have been well over 50 points with a three-point shot.
In introducing the unveiling moment for the statue, emcee Dan Borne said, “But tonight, it is all about the man who wore 23 with the floppy socks and the shaggy hair. Both were of another time and place, but Pistol Pete’s fabled game is as current as this season’s box scores. Fifty-plus years later, he is and always will remain, timeless.”
Pete’s wife summed up her late husband in this way when she took the microphone:
“Over Pete’s lifetime, many have described him as an entertainer, artist, showman or basketball wizard. Whatever the adjective used, they describe and represent the joy and excitement Pete brought to the game of basketball.
“Every time a family member meets someone and they find out Pete was a relative, they always smile and have a story to share about a memory of him on the basketball court.
“Seeing fans smile, cheer and shout ‘Showtime’ inspired Pete to be the court magician and entertained that he was.
“He could truly manipulate the ball to do anything he wanted.
“His unassuming look, tall and skinny with floppy hair and socks gliding up the court only made him more intriguing to watch.
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