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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.
West lead the East Bank High School basketball team to secure it's first ever state championship title 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.He went on to play for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and then for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.
East Bank High School basketball coach Roy E. Williams, right, shakes the hand of Jerry West, left, in the dressing room after beating Mullens High School in Morgantown and winning the state championship title.West was East Bank'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.
Williams, right, seems to be telling his star, Jerry West, left, not to worry after West fouled out of the game with 5:27 minutes left to play.West lead East Bank High School to secure its first ever state championship title 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 spent one summer living with the Gattlieb family, who owned Blossom Dairy and Restaurant, during his time playing for the Charleston Summer League. Blossom Dairy and the Gattlieb family sponsored West's summer team.
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.
West (No.44), a twelve-time all-star by the time of this photograph, accelerates past Celtics player John Havlicek.
In the front row, from left to right, is Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Coach Alex Hannum, Lou Hudson, and Dolph Schayes.In the back row, from left to right, is David Bing, Jerry West, Hal Greer, Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins, Earl Monroe, Bob Pettit and Johnny 'Red' Kerr.
Portrait of the basketball star Jerry West, who played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. In 1960, West played on the United States Olympic basketball team.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with Ann Dinardi. West had lived in Dinardi's Beechurst Avenue home during his college basketball days at West Virginia University.
A poster features Jerry West as a part of the XVIIth Olympiad in Rome in 1960. West played on the U.S. men's Olympic Basketball Team which won every game.  West won the gold medal
West jumps to block Pitt's Dick Falenski as he attempts to shoot.  The Mountaineers won this game at Pittsburgh, 76-66.