Jerry West made his NBA debut more than 50 years ago. John Humphreys has been collecting West and University of West Virginia memorabilia for even longer than that.
The owner of The Court, a barbershop in the Allegheny Mountain town of Lewisburg, WVa., Humphreys boasts hundreds of West photos, autographs, magazines, jerseys and other pieces. Many of them are displayed inside his shop in the town of about 4,000 residents.
West was a star at West Virginia, then led Team USA to the 1960 Olympic gold medal before heading to the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA for a Hall of Fame career.
Through a story on his collection in the Register-Herald, we learn West has an autobiography out next month and that he’s helped Jerry’s wife Karen find long-lost photographs.