The Jerry West Award

Jerry West was on the fast track to stardom from the day he touched a basketball. Throughout the games history, it would be hard to find a better pure shooter. At West Virginia University, West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. In 1959, he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Finals and captured the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. In a superlative senior season, West was a consensus All-American and led West Virginia to its third consecutive conference championship.

In Los Angeles, West played virtually his entire career with Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, and five years with Wilt Chamberlain. When the game was on the line, West's Los Angeles Lakers teammates always found a way to get the ball to "Mr. Clutch." His cool, calm, and collected personality and his leadership on the court was a coach's dream as he won an NBA championship in 1972 and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1969 despite his team not winning the championship. When he retired, West's name was on nearly every page of the record books. He scored 25,192 points (third), averaged 27.0 ppg (fourth), made 7,160 free throws (second), and dished out 6,238 assists (fifth). West was equally adept on the defensive end, being named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team four times.

2016 Winners
2017 Watch List

Player Name School
Allonzo TrierArizona
Dusty Hannahs Arkansas
Nick Emery Brigham Young University
Jacob Evans Cincinnati
Charles CookeDayton
Grayson Allen Duke
Jordan Matthews Gonzaga
Malcolm Hill Illinois
James Blackmon Jr.Indiana
Peter Jok Iowa
Devonte' GrahamKansas
Malik Monk Kentucky
Antonio Blakeney Louisiana State Univrsity
Donovan Mitchell Louisville
Eron Harris Michigan St.
Elijah BrownNew Mexico
Tyler Dorsey Oregon
E.C. Matthews Rhode Island
Shake Milton Southern Methodist University
Isaac Hamilton University of California, Los Angeles

West's Career Highlights

  • West Virginia University (1957-60)
College Playing Highlights
  • Consensus All-American First Team, 1959-60
  • NABC All-American First Team, 1959-60
  • AP All-American First Team, 1959-60
  • USBWA All-American First Team, 1959-60
  • Sporting News All-American First Team, 1960
  • NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 1959
  • Los Angeles Lakers (1960-74)
Pro Playing Highlights
  • NBA Champion, 1972
  • NBA Finals MVP, 1969
  • All-NBA First Team, 1962-67, 1970-73
  • NBA All-Defensive Team, 1970-73
  • 14-time NBA All-Star, 1961-74
  • NBA All-Star MVP, 1972
  • Olympic gold medalist, 1960
  • One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, 1996

Past Winners

Year Player Name School
2016 Buddy Hield University of Oklahoma
2015 D'Angelo Russell Ohio State University