West Virginia basketball legend Rod Thorn was a menace in the Southern Conference during his playing days, where he will soon be permanently enshrined as part of the conference’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class.
Thorn is not the first Mountaineer to be inducted into the conference’s Hall of Fame, preceded by notable names like Sam Huff (2009), Jerry West (2009) and Rod Hundley (2010). This year, he will be enshrined alongside Terrell Owens of Chattanooga, Eric Breitenstein of Wofford, Wayne Tolleson of
Western Carolina and Lynn Agee of UNC-Greensboro.
West Virginia called the Southern Conference its home from 1950-1968, during which time the Mountaineers brought 10 conference titles home on the basketball court.
Thorn played three seasons at West Virginia from 1961-1963, during which time he averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists while earning two SoCon Player of the Year awards.
He went on to have a long career as a player, coach and executive in the NBA, famously making the decision to draft Michael Jordan as the Chicago Bulls’s general manager.