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Mar 7, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers former player Jerry West speaks at a statue unveiling ceremony for Los Angeles Kings former player Luc Robitaille (not pictured) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Jerry West

Saying Jerry West is the No. 3 forward is indeed disrespectful. He’s the No. 1 best player in WVU history, maybe even in college basketball history.

Dare I say the best in NBA history? He’s the association’s logo, after all.

While West is still held in high regard as basketball loyalty, he came from humble beginnings in southern West Virginia.

He holds many records at WVU, including most points in a career with 2,309. An amazing feat considering there wasn’t a 3-point line back then and West only played three years with the Mountaineers.

West scored 44 points against Tennessee in a game in 1958, ninth all-time for a single game. He has the most career 20-point games with 64, most 30-point games with 29 and scored 908 points in a single season in 1960.

He made 623 free throws in his career and sunk 843 field goals.

West was drafted second overall by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1960. He was a 14-time All Star with the Lakers and one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, as voted in 1996.

West has been in the front office of the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Golden State Warriors.