"Hot" Rod Hundley
West Virginia University, 1954-57
2010 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee
In his three varsity seasons at West Virginia, "Hot" Rod Hundley earned a reputation as one of the most talented - and most colorful - basketball players in Southern Conference history. His exploits helped the Mountaineers go 31-3 in conference play with three SoCon championships from 1955 through 1957.
Hundley was a three-time All-Conference player and was a two-time All-American selection. In 1956-57 he led the SoCon in scoring and was voted Player of the Year. He became only the fourth player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 points, and finished with career averages of 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, Hundley was traded to the Minneapolis Lakers and remained with the team when the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960. In all, he played six seasons in the NBA and appeared in three NBA finals with the Lakers.
Moving behind the broadcast microphone, he became a renowned basketball announcer and served as the Voice of the Jazz during the franchise's time in both New Orleans and Salt Lake City. He was eventually elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as an announcer. And in January 2010, "Hot" Rod Hundley's No. 33 jersey was retired in a ceremony at West Virginia University.