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Statue of IPS Legend Oscar Robertson to be placed at Crispus Attucks

Oscar Robertson, the legendary figure from Crispus Attucks High School, is set to be honored with a commissioned statue, a collaborative effort between the NBA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Thursday, Feb. 15, at The Tip-Off at Bicentennial Unity Plaza. The Commissioner welcomed Robertson, and a Naismith Hall of Famer, to the stage and shared the news before thousands of fans celebrating the official beginning of NBA All-Star 2024.

IPS Supt. Dr. Aleesia Johnson said the statue will reflect not only his unparalleled contributions to the game of basketball but also his enduring impact on our city. 

“As an embodiment of excellence, Mr. Robertson’s legacy resonates in the hearts of the IPS community,” Dr. Johnson said. “This statue stands as a testament to his indomitable spirit and the inspiration he continues to provide for generations to come. May it serve as a symbol of achievement, resilience, and the unwavering commitment to greatness that defines both Oscar Robertson and the Indianapolis Public Schools family.”

From design to completion, the statue will take approximately one year until it is unveiled to the public. Once finished, it will be permanently placed at Crispus Attucks High School, which is part of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), and will be unveiled during a ceremony in 2025.

“Oscar Robertson’s legendary basketball journey began in Indianapolis where he led Crispus Attucks High School to the first state championship in the country won by an all-Black team,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner.  “We are thrilled to join the Pacers in commissioning a statue in recognition of Oscar’s extraordinary impact on the game and his hometown.”

Indianapolis artist Ryan Feeney has been commissioned to create the statue, which depicts Robertson in his NBA All-Star jersey atop a basketball-shaped base made by scanning the actual 1955 Crispus Attucks State Championship Trophy. 

The metal for the bronze piece was sourced from Casting Art & Technology in Cincinnati, where Robertson was a three-time NCAA All-American at the University of Cincinnati and began his professional career with the Cincinnati Royals.

Robertson, widely considered one of the NBA’s all-time great players, is the first Indiana high school basketball player to be named an NBA All-Star. He was selected to the All-Star team 12 straight times during his 14-year career, earning All-NBA honors 11 times and winning the League MVP for the 1963-64 season.