Hot Rod's Home

West Virginia basketball great Hot Rod Hundley grew up on the streets of Charleston, W. Va., where the local YMCA served as his surrogate home. Saturday, the Y honored him by naming its gymnasium for the Mountaineer Hall of Famer.

In a brief ceremony, local politicians and long time friends spoke of Hundley's accomplishments and shared stories of his influence and exploits. During the proceedings, Hundley rose several times to accept honors and the acclaim of the crowd gathered to watch the event. It was an honor long overdue, and one that was clearly appreciated by the WVU Hall of Famer, who is one of only two Mountaineers basketball players to have his number retired. He averaged 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds for the Mountaineers, was a two-time All-American and the No. 1 overall pick in the 1957 NBA Draft.



Charleston City Councilman Andy Richardson (left) and Hundley. Richardson helped spearhead the effort to name the gym for the Hall of Famer.


Hundley receives a governor's proclamation from Brian Aluise


Longtime companion Kim Reardon and Hundley


Hundley listens as Jonah Hunter, Zach Webb and Macy Webb read the naming proclamation as YMCA President Bill Tully looks on


A large photo and replica signature are unveiled on the gym wall


Hundley reacts to the unveiling


Hundley signs a ball for a young fan


Reardon and Hundley on the court


A portion of the crowd on hand for the naming ceremony


Hundley and Tully share a smile after the ceremony


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