Harold Everett Greer was an American professional basketball player.
19 Facts About Hal Greer
Hal Greer was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, and his uniform number was among Philadelphia 76ers retired numbers.
Hal Greer played as a guard for Douglass' men's basketball team.
Hal Greer enrolled at Marshall University and played college basketball for the Marshall Thundering Herd's basketball team, becoming the first African American to play for a public college in West Virginia.
Hal Greer was named an All-American in 1958 as well.
In 1958, his senior year, Hal Greer averaged 23.6 points per game.
Hal Greer played for the school's baseball team in his sophomore year as a first baseman.
Hal Greer played for Syracuse for five seasons, raising his scoring average to 22.8 points a game in 1961.
Hal Greer was selected for the NBA All-Star team that year.
Hal Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe.
Hal Greer played in 10 NBA All-Star Games and was the MVP of the 1968 game when he went 8-for-8 from the field and scored 21 points, a record-breaking 19 in one quarter.
Hal Greer was chosen to the All-NBA Second Team seven times, and scored 21,586 points during his NBA career.
In 1980, Hal Greer coached the Philadelphia Kings of the Continental Basketball League.
Hal Greer coached the basketball team for Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
In 1982, Greer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Slater Martin, Frank Ramsey, Willis Reed, coach Clarence Gaines, and contributor Alva Duer.
Hal Greer was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
In 2021, Greer was honored at Marshall University with the dedication of a bronze statue created in his likeness and an unveiling ceremony with many of his family members in attendance.
Hal Greer died on April 14,2018, following a brief illness.