Hot Rod Hundley Biography
Hot Rod Hundley was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley was the No. 1 pick of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals out of West Virginia University. In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hot Rod Hundley Birthday
Rod was born Rodney Clark “Hot Rod” Hundley on October 26, 1934. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He was raised by different families.
Hot Rod Hundley Family
No information on his parents or siblings is disclosed to the public.
Hot Rod Hundley Wife
He married Nancy Hammond in 1956. They divorced in 1958 . He then married Florence Pellman in 1961. They were married till Rod died in 2015.
Hot Rod Hundley Children
He was the father of Jennifer and Kimberly Hundley.
Hot Rod Hundley Educational Background
He was educated at Charleston High School in West Virginia. He then went on and joined West Virginia University.
Hot Rod Hundley Career
From 1954 to 1957, Hundley played for WVU. Between 1955 and 1957, the Mountaineers produced their first NCAA appearance and three overall appearances. Hundley averaged 26.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per match throughout his junior year. Six times he scored more than 40 points in a match, resulting in the Mountaineers scoring more than 100 points in nine matches. In 1955 and 1956, the Mountaineers were ranked number 20 in the country and number 4 in the country. In a single game against Furman, Hundley maintains a varsity college record with 54 points and maintains a 62-point freshmen team record against Ohio.
Hundley averaged 23.7 points per match as a junior in 1955 and 8.1 rebounds in 30 matches, 27 of which he began. Hundley scored 24 points against Wake Forest, followed up on Alabama with 30 points. He scored another 47 points later in two matches against Wake Forest. He then followed up against Cornell with 24 points and then 38 points against NYU. He scored 35 points two games later and picked up 10 rebounds against Carnegie Tech. Then three matches later he followed up with 30 points against VMI.
As a junior in 1956, with 26.6 points & 13.1 rebounds per match, Hundley set a career-high. The first six season matches by Hundley had ratings of 34 points, 20 points, 27 points, 40 points, 20 points, and 21 points. He then had23-point, 29-point matches against Columbia and Washington & Lee. He followed up against Villanova with 17 points & 9 rebounds, 25 points & 10 rebounds against La Salle, then a 24-point career game, 26 rebounds & 9 assists against VMI. He then had 28 points against Carnegie Tech and 29 points against Penn State, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Hundley was NCAA’s fourth player to score more than 2,000 points during his career— and he did it in three years because freshman couldn’t play varsity basketball at that time. For three seasons, he averaged 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per match and completed with 2,180 points in his college career. He was a two-time, first all-American team, holding eight college records at the moment. He continues also the only Mountaineer to be drafted in an NBA draft for the first time.
In 1957 Hundley was made the first pick of the NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals and instantly traded his rights to Minneapolis Lakers. Hundley and Mark Workman, who also attended West Virginia, are the only overall No. 1 draft picks from the same secondary school.
Hundley transferred to the broadcast booth after his retirement, working for the Phoenix Suns for four seasons and the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons. He also teamed up with Dick Enberg in the early 1970s to call for TVS syndicated university basketball. Hundley was a five-year NBA announcer for CBS, where he called four All-Star Games, working on ABC Radio for two All-Star Games.
Hot Rod Hundley Death
Hundley died on March 27, 2015 at the age of 80 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hot Rod Hundley Net Worth
The professional basketballer had an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Hot Rod Hundley Awards
In 1992, Hundley was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
Hundley received the NBA’s Distinguished Broadcaster award in 1994.
In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Hundley was inducted into the Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame.
On January 23, 2010, Hundley’s #33 Jersey was retired by West Virginia University.
Hundley was inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2016 a statue of Hundley was dedicated and placed outside the WVU Coliseum at West Virginia University.