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West, right and Akers played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 leading theMountaineers to two Southern Conference and three NCAA tournament appearances which includes the 1959 Championship game.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
West, right, is pictured with Willie Akers, left, and Coach Fred Schaus, center. West played for West Virginia University's basketball team from 1956-1960, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
West (right) lived in the home of Ann Dinardi (center) which was located on 65 Beechurst Avenue.
West, left, and Schaus, right, are pictured together smiling.
West, No. 44 pictured in the forefront, poses with teammate Willie Akers.
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.
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.
Because West broke his nose so often while playing basketball, he was made to wear a guard.
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.
West (No. 44) poses on the right with West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus (center) and Willie Akers (left).
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.