Reportedly, the top four schools on his list right now are Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin and, surprisingly, Kentucky. UK climbed into the Burcham sweepstakes after hiring former Stanford coach Edrick Floreal in July.
In the case of one of one of our state's greatest high school coaching legends, Lewis D'Antoni of Mullens, that ball has taken him from every small gym in southern West Virginia to major NBA arenas and to international and Olympic Games wound the world.
D'Antoni is the father of two of our state's greatest point guards, Danny and Mike D'Antoni, who both starred at Marshall and have had long coaching careers in the NBA. Mike just helped lead Team USA to another Gold Medal in Olympic basketball.
Lewis D'Antoni was a high school coaching legend at Pineville, Mullens and Chesapeake, Ohio, for 28 seasons, compiling a record of 450-200. He won a state title at Mullens in 1955 coaching future WVU star and Logan coaching legend Willie Akers, future Virginia Tech star Terry Penn and future Marshall football coach Rick Tolley.
Not many have had as amazing a life and journey in basketball as Lewis D'Antoni. He will be 99 years old on Dec. 31 and, amazingly, he played golf up until two years ago.
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