Augustus will become the first female athlete to be immortalized with a statue at LSU, joining Bob Pettit, Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Maravich in holding the honor.
“A Seimone Augustus statue is befitting for a student-athlete whose talents, accomplishments, and impact will forever stand the test of time,” LSU athletics director Scott Woodward said in a news release. “Seimone came to LSU as one of the most heralded recruits in school history, and she left a legacy on our campus, our state, and the sport of basketball that will never fade.”
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Augustus led the Tigers to three consecutive Final Four appearances and won National Player of the Year in 2004-05. She also has her No. 33 retired in the rafters at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft.
“Seimone Augustus is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said. “She has been successful at every level of basketball and what she did for this program and this university deserves to be recognized. I am proud we are able to honor Seimone with a statue where our fans will forever be able to reflect on her impact and greatness.”
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