Jerry West Has Passed Away

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Moments ago, the heartbreaking news of the death of Jerry West was announced on social media.

West, 86, a native of Chelyan, West Virginia, was a star guard for the West Virginia Mountaineers from 1957-1960, and then went to play for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.

At West Virginia University, Zeke from Cabin Creek” was a two-time All-American and averaged 24.8 ppg. The team reached the NCAA championship game in 1959 but lost to the University of California. His #44 was retired by West Virginia University and a statue honoring him stands outside of the WVU Coliseum.

He was the #2 overall pick in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakes. While with the Lakers, he was a 14-time NBA All-Star and considered one of the greatest professional players ever.  He finished his incredible career with 25,192 points (27 points per game), 5,366 rebounds (5.8 per game) and 6,238 assists (6.7 per game).

Since retiring as a player, he has been active in the NBA as an executive with the LA Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.

He reportedly passed away peacefully this morning with his wife Karen by his side.

This is a huge loss for the state of West Virginia, for West Virginia University, for the game of basketball and for the entire world in general.

Rest in Peace, Logo.