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Larry Legend Scholarship Helps Hoosier Hit the Hardwood

ISU has created the Larry Legend Scholarship, a way for incoming Sycamores to follow in #33's footsteps. And the Bird basketball fund is supporting his home state through and through. It's only open to Indiana residents, a way to give Hoosiers a chance to play close to home.
We are just days away from the unveiling of the new Larry Bird statue at Indiana State University.

But the sculpture isn't the only thing that will be honoring the former Sycamore.

Larry Bird has made his way back to the Valley,this time in bronze form.
   
The 15 foot tall statue will be dedicated on Saturday, as part of a two-day celebration honoring the basketball legend.

"It's just an exciting thing, it's a special place obviously into be able to sell Larry and all the things if you get here for the university it's going to be a special weekend," said head coach Greg Lansing.

But the school is doing more than just remembering the past, they're looking toward their making bird a part of their future.

"Believe me we tell every recruit that we are recruiting all about Larry Bird, and how cool it is to come to a place that he played at," said Lansing.

And the game keeps on giving, ISU has created the Larry Legend Scholarship, a way for incoming Sycamores to follow in #33's footsteps.

"I think it will be a pretty neat thing if you're student athlete from Indiana to come to Indiana State on the Larry Bird scholarship," said Lansing.

And the Bird basketball fund is supporting his home state through and through.
   
It's only open to Indiana residents, a way to give Hoosiers a chance to play close to home.

"We've always had plenty of Indiana kids on our roster, that's where we build our bread-and-butter, we work with these guys local and expand around the state of Indiana and then go wherever we have to after that," said Lansing.

And while the new funds will help build the team for seasons to come, Coach Lansing says right now his eyes are only on this weekend.

"We have to get better every day, this is a team that is a good veteran ball club, a mature team, and hard-working group, but they got to get better every day and we are going to have to be pretty darn good at 1 o'clock on Saturday," said Lansing.

We will continue to bring you Larry Bird stories all week long, leading up to the statue unveiling on Saturday morning.
   
And you can catch the ISU Mens Basketball game right here on NBC 2, tip off is at 1 p.m.
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