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West played as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West, who is mid-air and ready to shoot the ball, played for East Bank High School as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1954–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
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, who is holding the ball, attended Chelyan Junior High before attending East Bank High School.
A photograph of Jerry West (second from right) standing with Louise Larkey (right) and Victor Larkey (far left) of Weirton, W. Va., Mrs. O. J. White (front left) of Morgantown, W. Va., and Red Lyons (rear right) of Raleigh County, W. Va.
Jerry West is fouled by Ralph Brandt in attempting a lay- up against Holy Cross. Number 12 is George Blaney.
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.
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.