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West, the "tallest player in basketball" at 6'3" keeps Smith from successfully making a shot. At this game, West Virginia University handed Kentucky their fifth home defeat in 15 years.Both West and Smith made the United States Olympic team two years later in 1960.
In the top row, from left to right, is Turk Sine, Kenny Mikes, unidentified, Jerry West, unidentified, Frank Knight, and Walter Nook Smittle, Jr.In the bottom row, from left to right, is Larry Sine, Bucky Bolyard, unidentified, and Jon Huffman.
In the front row, left to right, are Coach Tony Gentile (Williamson), Butch Goode (Pineville), George Ritchey (Chattaroy), Jay Jacobs (Morgantown), Mickey Neal (Williamson), Ed Christie (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Coach Tony Folio (Clarksburg-Washington Irving).  In the back row, left to right, are Jim Warren (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Jerry West (East Bank), Howard Hurt (Beckley), Jim McDonald (Bridgeport), Carl Johnson (Williamson), Willie Akers (Mullens), Larry Brothers (Parkersburg), and an unidentified manager.
A group of men are gathered at a spring banquet held at Hotel Morgan after the West Virginia University basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the United States.In the front row, from left to right, is unidentified, Jerry West, Bobby Joe Smith, Ronnie Retton, Bucky Bolyard, Butch Gude, Jim Warren, and possibly Willie Akers.In the second row, from left to right, is athletic director Red Brown, basketball referee Red Mahalic, Jody Gardner, Loyd Sherer, Don Vincent, Whitie Guyme, team physician Dr. Sam Morris, Golf-pro Reggie Spencer, and Father Scott.In the third row, from left to right, is University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Doc Cartson, WVU head coach Fred Schaus, unidentified, the team's general manager Mr. Gwair, and unidentified.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with an unidentified young girl.
West (No. 44) is pictured midair as he prepares to shoot two of his overall thirty-nine points at the game against VMI. The Mountaineers won with a 101-71 victory.
West (No. 44) poses on the right with West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus (center) and Willie Akers (left).
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, and Morgantown's Jay Jacobs, No. 3, jump for a rebound during the championship game. Jerry West, not pictured, was also playing at this game as the team's starting small forward.West led East Bank High School to victory at this game, scoring 43 of the 71 points against Morgantown. The final score was 71-56. It was the first time East Bank High School won the state championship title.
Sitting, from left to right, is Manager Ronald Lewellen, Jerry Turner, Butch Goode, Jim Reiss, Jim Warren, Jay Jacobs, and Manager Jim Cook.Standing, from left to right, is Assistant Coach Jim Sottile, Jerry West, Jim Ritchie, Joe Posch, Pat Duffy, Willie Akers, and Coach Quentin Barnette.
West, right, poses with West Virginia University Basketball Coach Fred Schaus, center, and teammate Willie Akers, left, while holding a basketball. West played for West Virginia University before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
West, No. 44 pictured in the forefront, poses with teammate Willie Akers.
The crowd gathered on the East Bank High School lawn to welcome home the state champions.  The State Champions Basketball Game was played at Mountaineer Field House in Morgantown, W. Va.