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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.
After fourteen years of playing of the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
West (right) lived in the home of Ann Dinardi (center) which was located on 65 Beechurst Avenue.
Jerry West is Number 12 in the front row, second from the right. He played as the team's starting small forward.