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Marshall, NBA basketball great Hal Greer passes away

The Philadelphia 76ers announces that basketball great Hal Greer, who starred with the NBA team and Marshall University has passed away. (Marshall University Athletics)

Hal Greer, who starred at Marshall University and then went on to become a NBA champion and Hall of Famer, has passed away, the Philadelphia 76ers announced.

Greer’s death was announced Monday on the NBA team’s Facebook page.

At Marshall, Greer is 18th on Marshall's scoring chart with 1,377 points and eighth in rebounding with 765, according to herdzone.com.

“I’m terribly saddened by the news of Hal’s passing,” Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said in a statement. “I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him and his family back in February of 2012 when we closed the doors on the Veterans Memorial Field House. That is a memory I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”

Greer, a 10-NBA All Star, was a second round NBA Draft pick of the Syracuse Nationals in 1958. He had a 15-year career with the same franchise as the Nationals later became the Philadelphia 76ers.

During his professional career, he scored more than 20,000 points and averaged 19.2 points per game as a professional. He won the 1967 NBA Championship and was inducted into the Naismith memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Marshall said Greer was a Mid-American Conference MVP in 1958 and a two-time All-MAC selection. He was the first black athlete to play for the Herd and took the court 71 times to play for Marshall. In 1985, he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 76ers said the organization will celebrate Greer’s life and legacy at Monday night's game in South Philadelphia.




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