Saturday, April 15, 2006

Geek from Cabin Cree... Memphis

Johnnie West, son of WVU and NBA legend Jerry West, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at WVU.

West, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 18.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior
at Lausanne Collegiate School. He was named all-state in Division 2 by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. West was recently selected as one of the top 20 seniors to play in the Memphis All-Star Classic at FedEx Forum.

Hopefully, expectations won't be too high for West. Following a legend is never easy.

Unfortunately, Hot Rod Hundely doesn't have a son going to WVU as well. Known for his on the court antics, Hundley went on to play in the NBA for 5 years with the Lakers, and a long stint as the voice of the Utah Jazz.

Once on a trip back to West Virginia to play in a charity game at the WVU Coliseum, constructed more than 10 years after Hundley left WVU, Rod was said to have replied to Hall of Famer Jerry West: "I built this building."

West retorted, "Yeah but I paid it off."

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