Rod Hundley passed away today at the age of 80.
A magician on the court, Hot Rod came to Morgantown from Charleston and became only the fourth collegiate player to eclipse 2000 points (he did it in an era when freshman weren't eligible to play). After his stellar career at WVU, he was drafted into the NBA by the Cincinnati Royals and traded immediately to the Minneapolis Lakers where he played for six seasons and retired due to bad knees. After his NBA career ended, he became a broadcaster, most notably for the Jazz, whose games he called until 2009.
In 2010 he came back to Morgantown for a number retirement ceremony that was punctuated by "One More Shot" when he took and made another hook shot that he was famous for.
Coach Huggins had this to say when news first broke of Hundley's passing:
West Virginia lost a dear friend today as Hot Rod Hundley has passed away. He will be dearly missed. Rod not only.... pic.twitter.com/aH4ooE56Aw— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) March 28, 2015
Contd. Rod was not only a friend of WVU but a dear friend to our basketball program. I will miss him very much. RIP Hot Rod— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) March 28, 2015
We'll leave you with this image and video from that day in Morgantown, 2010.
*Photo in that tweet is by Geoff Coyle