“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Hot Rod Hundley

Hot Rod Hundley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 18, 2021
1. Hot Rod Hundley Marker
For all that he was as an All-American basketball player at West Virginia University, there are many who believed "Hot" Rod Hundley could have been so much more. He was a self-made basketball player who played the game the way he wanted - which was completely different than the way it was being played everywhere else in the 1950s. While many remember him for his showmanship, hidden beneath that was a remarkable skill probably more suited for today's game.

A native of Charleston, W.Va., Hundley averaged 24.5 points per game from 1955-57 at WVU, and his 2,180 career points are second only to Mountaineer All-American Jerry West's 2,309. WVU was 72-16 (.818) during his three years as a regular, winning three Southern Conference titles and making three NCAA tournament appearances.

Named to five All-America teams in 1957, he was the first player taken in the NBA Draft that year and played with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers from 1958-63. He made one appearance in the NBA All-Star game in 1961 before two bad knees forced his early retirement.

He later established himself as one of the game's top broadcasters
Hot Rod Hundley Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 14, 2021
2. Hot Rod Hundley Statue
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working for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans/Utah Jazz franchises. In 1994, he won the NBA's Distinguished Broadcaster Award, an honor bestowed only twice previously, and in 2003, he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.

West Virginia University retired his jersey number 33 on January 23, 2010 prior to a game with Ohio State. After the halftime ceremony, he grabbed a basketball and made a hook shot to a standing ovation. He died at age 80 in March 2015.
Erected 2016 by West Virginia University Athletic Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSports. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 2010.
Location. 39° 38.936′ N, 79° 58.859′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Monongahela Boulevard (U.S. 19) and Patteson Drive (West Virginia Route 705), on the right when traveling south. The marker is to the left of the Blue Gate entrance to the West Virginia University Coliseum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3450 Monongahela Blvd, Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jerry West (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinquapin Oak (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial
Hot Rod Hundley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 14, 2021
3. Hot Rod Hundley Marker
The statue is visible at the far left.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); West Virginia University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Core Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Island Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Core Arboretum (approx. ¼ mile away); Guthrie Loop Area (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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