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Boys' Basketball: Magnolia to Hold Jim McCormick Night

January 25, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NEW MARTINSVILLE - Magnolia High School will celebrate "Jim McCormick Night" Saturday at the home boys' basketball game between the Blue Eagles and Ravenswood.

McCormick, a resident of Lexington, Ky., will be an honored guest at the game and feted by the Blue Eagle athletic department and school, Magnolia boys' basketball coach Dave Tallman announced.

"Jim left his imprint on Magnolia and West Virginia University basketball and is a good ambassador for our school," Tallman said. "He is most deserving of this recognition."

The 1958 Magnolia graduate is arguably the most honored Blue Eagle basketball product.

A charter honoree for the Magnolia Boosters' Life Achievement Awards, he has been inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and West Virginia U. Sports Halls of Fame. After starting four seasons-three varsity and one freshman, at WVU, he became the only Magnolia product drafted by an NBA team-in the sixth round by the old Cincinnati Royals.

He scored 1,156 career points, fifth best at the time at WVU behind four first team All-Americans-Jerry West, Rod Hundley, Mark Workman and his teammate, Rod Thorn.

At Magnolia, McCormick played only two varsity seasons but rewrote the school record book with 55 marks including season points (613) and game average (29.2), which lasted 45 seasons.

He scored a record 51 points in one game which has been tied but not broken after five decades. He averaged 22.1 points for his career.

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