West Virginia legend Jerry West will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Donald Trump made the announcement following West’s 81st birthday last week. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States.
The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court. Happy Birthday Jerry! @Sen_JoeManchin https://t.co/3kNEpteYfW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
“The Logo” is arguably the greatest Mountaineer in the history of West Virginia basketball. West was a two-time All-American and he hold many records at WVU. The career records that West holds include career points (2,309), career points per game average (24.8), career field goals made (843), career free throws made (623), career rebounds (1,240), career double doubles (70), and career 20-point games (64). He also holds many WVU season records in many of the same categories.
In the NBA, West earned All-NBA honors 12 times and All-Defensive Team honors five times. He was also an NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star MVP, a Hall of Fame Inductee, and an Olympic Gold Medalist. West’s incredible NBA career helped him become the figure seen in the NBA logo. He also continued to be involved in the NBA after his playing career through many roles including head coach, scout, front office executive, adviser, and consultant.
There is currently no timeline for when West will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.
Neal Brown hosted his first summer recruiting camp this past weekend. Many Mountain State natives stood out at the camp. Some of the standouts included state champion J.J. Davis from Bluefield, Cabell Midland’s tight end Zach McCoy, and linebacker Brocton Blair from Huntington.
The West Virginia baseball team’s devastating elimination from the Morgantown Regional this weekend came as a shock to many Mountaineer fans, considering Mazey’s squad had an amazing season and a commanding lead in the game before a complete collapse. The loss now joins the ranks of the biggest heart-breaks in WVU history.
Madelin Gardner has received another accolade for her amazing senior season for the West Virginia track and field team. Gardner was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. The West Virginia native has been one of the nation’s best in the pole vault this season, and she also broke her own school record in the event earlier this season, Gardner will be competing in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships later this week.