Hometown gym where Hundley honed skills renamed in his honor

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 13, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.



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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A gymnasium in Hot Rod Hundley's boyhood hometown of Charleston where he honed his basketball skills has been renamed in his honor.

A ceremony was held Saturday at the YMCA of Kanawha (Kuh-NAW) Valley.

The 80-year-old Hundley has long credited the facility for influencing him in his early life.

He was abandoned by his parents and lived with a poor elderly couple. He first picked up a basketball at the downtown YMCA at age 10. He starred at Charleston High School and had a hall of fame career at West Virginia from 1954-57.

Hundley averaged more than 24 points and 10 rebounds with the Mountaineers from 1954-57. WVU retired Hundley's jersey No. 33 in 2010.

He had a long career as a broadcaster with the Utah Jazz.

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