Friday, October 28, 2016

Hot Rod Hundley statue to be unveiled before WVU-Oklahoma basketball game

Hot Rod Hundley (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Hot Rod Hundley
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University has announced that the “Hot Rod” Hundley statue will be unveiled before the Mountaineers take on Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

The statue was created by Morgantown artist Jamie Lester and will be on display in front of the WVU Coliseum Blue Gate, opposite of the Jerry West statue.

Hundley is considered one of the greatest Mountaineer basketball players of all-time. He averaged 24.5 points per game during his three-year varsity career at WVU.

Hundley was twice named a first-team All-American and is only one of two players to have his jersey retired.

The Charleston, WV native led the Mountaineers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances between 1955 and 1957.

Hot Rod Hundley (Photo Credit:

Hot Rod Hundley
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Hundley still holds the school record for points in a game with 54 against Furman on January 5, 1957. He was the fourth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points.

In the 1957 NBA draft, Hundley was the first overall pick. He averaged 8.4 points,  3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game with the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers from 1958-63.

When his playing career came to an end, Hundley became a successful broadcaster, serving as the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years.

He also was a broadcaster for four seasons with the Phoenix Suns and four with the Lakers and called college and NBA games for CBS.

Hundley won the NBA’s Distinguished Broadcaster Award 1994, and in 2003 was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.

WVU retired Hundley’s number 33 on January 23, 2010 before the Ohio State game. After the halftime ceremony, fans began chanting, “One more shot!”

Hundley grabbed a basketball and made a hook shot and did a dance as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Last March, the basketball great passed away at the age of 80.



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