by Troy Gaulden
After finishing at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference for the past two seasons, the program is looking to turn things around. It all starts with recruiting. A statue of arguably the most well-known athlete to ever sport purple and gold is a great start. This is more than just a statue to LSU.
Along with the statue of Shaq, the LSU basketball practice facility keeps LSU in the running for recruits. Shaq even took note of the LSU basketball program’s overall improvements over the years.
“I spoke to the team last year, and I was like, listen, you guys got everything you want here. You may think you have everything, but I didn’t have any of this, and I made it. You know you guys have computers and internet, practice facilities and study halls and stuff like that. My message to them was to take advantage,” says Shaq.
The 900-pound bronze statue was sculpted by Hanlon Sculpture Studio and sits in front of the basketball practice facility. Alleva says visiting recruits will definitely be impressed by the statue.