Robertson grew up in Indianapolis with his parents in a segregated housing project and attended the Crispus Attucks High School where he played for the team and set a lot of records. In 1955, his school was the first all-black school to win a state championship with a win loss record of 31 – 1. This was followed by another state championship with a 31-0 win loss record. His college Basketball career was also filled with a lot of laurels leading up to his selection in the 1960 NBA draft by Cincinnati Royals.
Robertson also known as the “Big O” was one of the greatest players to grace the NBA as he was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Such is the influence and greatness of Robertson that the United States Basketball Writers Association renamed their College Player of the Year Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998. American Sport Channel, ESPN, also ranked him as the 36th best athlete of the 20th century.