Mark West ('83) to Be Inducted Into the African-American Hall Of Fame

September 02, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 2, 2004

NORFOLK, VA-- Former Old Dominion University basketball All-American Mark West will be one of five inductees to the eighth annual Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame. The banquet will be Oct. 30th. He will be inducted with William "Bill" Archie (former NSU AD), Otis Sistrunk (Norfolk Neptunes/Oakland Raiders), Ray Crittenden, Jr., (mentor), and Ricky Mahorn (NBA). Mark West was named honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News in 1981 and by the Associated Press in 1982 and 1983. He was also named by Basketball Weekly to its 1980 Freshman All-American squad. West led the nation in blocked shots twice and was a first team All-Sun Belt conference selection as a senior. He grabbed a career high 23 rebounds in 1980 against Texas Wesleyan. West is Old Dominion's all-time shot block leader with 446, second in career rebounds with 1,113 and in field goal percentage at .559. West began his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks, played 17 years in the NBA, and is now Assistant General Manager with the Phoenix Suns. His jersey number 45 was retired in 1984. His jersey was also retired at Petersburg (Va.) High School. West was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. For ticket information, please visit or call the Hampton Roads African-American Sports Hall of Fame at 757-366-8766.