CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many former West Virginia University basketball players had a reunion in Morgantown Saturday and were introduced at halftime of the Mountaineers' game against Baylor. Here are some thoughts on some of those players.
Warren Baker: When he was a senior at Greenbrier East, "Wonderful Warren" was a significant recruit for Mountaineer basketball. He was the first big-name in-state recruit WVU landed after the building of the Coliseum. He came in as a freshman in the fall of 1972 and was immediately productive, averaging 16.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Herbie Brooks: The high school legend at Mullens led the Rebels to three straight state championships and scored 50 points in a state tournament game. He played as a guard in Morgantown from 1986-89 and averaged 14.7 points as a senior. WVU voice Jack Fleming used to refer to teammate Chris Brooks as "Big Brooks" and Herbie as "Little" Brooks.
Greg Jones: I'm not sure he gets his just due in WVU history. Jones played for Gale Catlett from 1980-83 and averaged over 22 points as a senior. The Youngstown, Ohio, native was named the Eastern 8 Player of the Year as a junior and the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior. Jones had an incredible motor and was fun to watch.
Gary McPherson: One of the unsung heroes of WVU basketball, the Green Bank native was a longtime assistant for both Sonny Moran and Catlett and worked for years in the Mountaineer Athletic Club. People forget he was a terrific young head coach at VMI in the 1960s and beat WVU in the Southern Conference days.
Judy Price: I miss her husband, the late Curt Price, who was a Kanawha Valley Conference legend at Charleston High and played at WVU from 1970-72. Battling cancer, Curt attended last year's reunion and was introduced right behind his high school and college teammate Levi Phillips. We lost Curt last year and his widow was scheduled to attend the reunion to represent the family.
Buddy Quiertinmont: He lives near Morgantown and is a regular at WVU athletic events. People see him so often that they often take for granted what a solid player he was. He played from 1963-65, competed for WVU against Syracuse great Dave Bing and averaged 14.5 points as a senior.
Maurice Robinson: One of the great power forwards in WVU history, "Mo" Robinson was a coalfield high school legend for Welch in McDowell County. He played at a time when every high school in that area had Division I athletes and went on to a great career in Morgantown, averaging a robust 19.9 points and 11.7 rebounds as a senior.
Wil Robinson: One of the all-time greats, Robinson played at WVU from 1970-72 and is still the fourth-leading scorer in school history. For some perspective, he scored more points in three seasons that Kevin Jones did in four. He averaged 20.0 as a sophomore, 25.0 as a junior and an amazing 29.4 as a senior. Freshmen were not eligible when he played, and he did not benefit from the 3-point line.
Pete White: White starred at Clendenin High School before it became part of Herbert Hoover. He was a big man for WVU at 6-foot-5 and played from 1952-55, averaging just under 16 points as a senior. Many know him as the father of former pro tennis player Anne White.
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