WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Written by Shelly Poe
Jim McCormick helped the Mountaineers to three Southern Conference regular season basketball titles and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances as a three-year starter from 1961-63.
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McCormick averaged double figures each of his three seasons: 12.3 ppg as a sophomore, 15.4 ppg as a junior and 15.2 ppg as a senior. The Mountaineers during his tenure were 70-18, 23-8 his senior year. He scored 1,156 career points and totaled 253 assists, both among the WVU career leaders. He was named to the all-Southern Conference second team as a junior and senior and earned all-East and honorable mention All-America honors for 1963.
The New Martinsville, W.Va., native and member of the Magnolia High Hall of Fame was picked in the sixth round of the professional draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but his career ended during a preseason game when Wayne Embry fell on his foot and broke it.
McCormick, who also attended Greenbrier Military Academy before coming to WVU, is retired from a distinguished career teaching vocational rehabilitation.
He died January 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky at age 77.
McCormick is survived by his wife, Linda, son, Mike, daughter, Diana, and one grandson, Brandon.