Jerry West Digital Collection

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West was an outstanding player for the Mountaineers and is a member of Pro Basketball's Hall of Fame.
'West Virginia's Mr. Everything, Jerry West (44) slips by a Virginia Military (Institute) defender on his way to scoring one of the 12 field goals he scored 12/14. West was outscored by VMI's Joe Gedro (53) who tallied 30. WVU won, 91-76. UPI Telephoto.'
Willie Akers leads the team down the carpet and Jerry West is on the left. The carpet is rolled out before each home game for the WVU team to enter on to the court. This is one of the best traditions in NCAA basketball.
6' 3", 175- pound Jerry West battles 6-7, 230 pound Jeff Cohen for the rebound in Southern Conference tournament action.  The Mountaineers, finalists in NCAA play, had a tough time squeezing past William & Mary in their conference semi-final, 85-82, as West scored 38 points.
Jerry West is fouled by Ralph Brandt in attempting a lay- up against Holy Cross. Number 12 is George Blaney.
West, left, flies past Louisville's John Turner during the 1959 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers won this game 93-78, with 38 points scored by West alone.
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.