Oscar Robertson here for WVSU ceremony
When West Virginia State honors Earl Lloyd and opens its new basketball convocation center, it won't be with one of the NBA's greatest players, but two.
Last week the Gazette reported that ex-Boston Celtics great Bill Russell will be attending. On Thursday, State basketball coach Bryan Poore said 12-time all-star Oscar Robertson will also attend today's ribbon cutting.
"He jumped on board a couple days ago," Poore said of Robertson. "We were also trying for Elgin Baylor, but Oscar said, 'Sure, I'd love to do it.' He's driving down [from Cincinnati]."
State will unveil a statue of Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the NBA, outside its new convocation center. State and the University of Charleston will play men's and women's games on Saturday to break in the arena.
The first games at West Virginia State's new basketball court are sold out.
The Yellow Jackets' opener at the D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center comes at 2 p.m. Saturday with a women's game against the University of Charleston, followed by a men's game at 4.
Reserved tickets not picked up prior to game day will be available at the new arena's will call window beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will be sold to the public at $5 each.