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Rod Thorn Inducted into SoCon Hall of Fame

Cody Nespor

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It has been a good few months for WVU basketball legend Rod Thorn. In February, Thorn became just the third Mountaineer basketball player to have their jersey retired, in May Thorn was featured in the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” for his role in drafting Michael Jordan and assembling the 1991 Dream Team and now the Southern Conference has announced that Thorn will be inducted into the SoCon Hall of Fame.

Thorn played in the SoCon during his time at WVU from 1960-63. In his career, Thorn averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. During Thorn’s years, West Virginia went 70-18, winning three SoCon regular-season titles and two SoCon tournament championships. He was a two-time SoCon Male Athlete of the Year and a two-time SoCon tournament MVP.

What makes Thorn’s playing career even more impressive was that he put up those stats and wins while trying to replace one of the all-time basketball greats in Jerry West. Thorn took over the team the year after West graduated, even donning West’s #44 jersey.

Thorn went on to play professionally in the NBA, serve as a coach and general manager, win 2002 NBA Executive of the Year and be inducted into both the West Virginia Athletics and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fames.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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