Thorn on WVU memories: “What I really remember here are the people.”

WVU Men's Basketball

Mountaineer legend sees No. 44 retired during game vs. Oklahoma

Another Mountaineer basketball legend has been immortalized within the WVU Coliseum. 

Rod Thorn, a West Virginia native-turned-Naismith Hall of Fame inductee, became the third Mountaineer men’s basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining an exclusive club that includes Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley. 

Thorn said he was honored to receive this recognition from WVU, calling it one of the most memorable moments of his life. The 1963 consensus All-American added that there’s one thing he’ll never forget from his time as a Mountaineer. 

“Games tend to run together when you look back on it,” Thorn said. “What I really remember here are the people. The fans who were fantastic. The coaches, players I played with, the trainers, the people you dealt with on a day in and day basis. I tend to think more about that than any specific games.”

Thorn’s No. 44 was retired at halftime of West Virginia’s loss to Oklahoma. Before the game, Thorn discussed his illustrious basketball career that has included a successful tenure as an NBA front office executive. Watch his press conference below: 

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