In this 21-part series, I’ll be counting down the 100 greatest Mountaineer men’s basketball players of all time.
Admittedly, this list is not scientific. It is completely subjective and obviously opinions can differ. Feel free to visit our message boards at BlueGoldNews.com to provide your own thoughts on this list, whether for or against.
Below is another part of this long series with a countdown from #90-86.
best past players
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86 – Drew Schifino (2002-04)– It’s not very common for a player who spends just two and a third seasons on a college team to score over 1,000 career points, but that’s what Schifino did, racking up 1,048 points in 68 games with the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-1 point guard from Pittsburgh joined the WVU in Gale Catlett’s final season as head coach, and while overshadowed that year by classmate Jonathan Hargett (13.8 points per game), Schifino also had a solid rookie campaign, averaging 9.7 points per game. to go along with 57 steals. The following year, Hargett was gone and John Beilein replaced Catlett as head coach. Schifino thrived offensively in the Beilein system, averaging 20.1 points per game in his second season (no WVU player has surpassed that average in a single season since), eclipsing 20 points 14 times. The 2003-04 season looked to be off to a good start for Schifino and the Mountaineers, as he scored 10 or more points in each of the first 10 games, but after going down to just nine points at Notre Dame, ending 48 games in Drew. Double digit scoring sequence, bubble of frustration is over. A meeting between Schifino and Beilein after the Notre Dame game prompted the junior guard to leave the show. He tried to resurrect his career in California (Pa.), but that period was also short-lived. Schifino averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in his truncated climbing career, but the question with him in the WVU will always be what if?
87 – Patrick Beilein (2003-06) – Patty B. was so much more than just the coach’s daughter. He was a huge asset on the court for a team of climbers that reached the NCAA Elite Eight in their junior season and the Sweet 16 in their senior year. Although he almost always came off the bench, starting just two of the 128 games he played in his four seasons at West Virginia, he still scored 1,001 career points. His 242 3-point shots are the third most in WVU history, behind only Kevin Pittsnogle’s 253 and Alex Ruoff’s 261. took the job in West Virginia before Patrick’s rookie season, the son followed his father to WVU and together they quickly rebuilt the Mountaineer program. After his college career, Patrick played a few seasons of professional basketball in Europe and then followed his father into the coaching world. Most recently, he was the head coach of the Syracuse Stallions, a professional Basketball League team.
88 – Nate Adrian (2014-17)– The 6-foot-3 Morgantown native was an all-around player for four WVU squads that won postseason berths, including three that won 25 or more games and two that made runs in the NCAA Tournament for the Sweet 16. Adrian could score (792 points in his four years and 9.6 per game as a veteran for 104 career 3-pointers), but he was about so much more than just putting the ball in the basket. He had 516 rebounds in his 140 career games, as well as 198 assists. His lasting memory among Mountaineer fans will be with his high energy and long arms wreaking havoc on opponents atop Press Virginia’s full court defense. This constant hustle helped him rack up 134 career steals (22namost in school history) and earned him all Big 12 defensive team honors as a senior in 2017, when he also earned all-league third-team recognition. He graduated from WVU with a BA, MA and 3.85 GPA and has spent the last three years playing abroad in France, Ukraine and Italy.
89 – Ricky Robinson (1994-97)– Few mountaineers have ever looked forward to better power than the muscular 6-foot-8, 245-pound Robinson. The Roselle, New Jersey native has scored 1,373 points in his four seasons in the WVU, exceeding 13.5 points per game in each of his last three years. He also led West Virginia in rebounds in all three seasons, with 7.2 rebounds in 1991-92, 7.7 in 1992-93 and 8.1 in 1993-94. Robinson’s 746 career rebounds remain his 18thºmore in Mountaineer’s history, and he’s also 22nain the career score. A first-team all-Atlantic 10 selection in 1994, he ended his WVU career with 19 double-doubles. Three of his New Kids on the Block classmates – PG Greene with 1,655 points, Marsalis Basey with 1,168 points and Mike Boyd with 1,136 points – have also surpassed 1,000 points in their mountaineering careers. The only downside for the talented group was that he only managed to reach the NCAA Tournament once in their careers (1992) and had to settle for NIT slots for the other three seasons.
90 – Buddy Quertinmont (1963-65)– A skilled gunner from Point Marion, Pennsylvania, which is just a hop and hop from Morgantown, Quertinmont had to wait his turn when he arrived at the WVU. Freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition at the time, and so he was limited to just 16 games of action his sophomore year (1.9 points per game) while sitting behind All-American Guard Rod Thorn. Once Thorn left for the NBA, however, Quertinmont became one of the Mountaineers’ leaders on and off the court. As a junior, he was second on the team in scoring with an average of 10.3 points per game (behind just 15.6 for Tom Lowry), and as a senior, he increased that average to 14.5 points per game to keep up. 2.0 assists. Having failed to win the Southern Conference tournament in 1964, only the second time the WVU has fallen short of that title in a span of nine years, and therefore missing out on the NCAA Tournament (only the league champions won spots at the time), Quertinmont led an unlikely foray into the SoCon tournament and returned to the NCAAs as a senior in 1965. Although West Virginia finished its regular season just 11-14, it swept its three games at the Southern Conference Tournament in Charlotte, needing overtime to defeat Davidson. (74-72) in the semifinals and two overtime to take down William & Mary (70-67) in the finals to earn a spot in the NCAA. Quertinmont’s college career ended with an NCAA first-round loss to Providence (91-67), but just returning to Big Dance was a monumental task that season. After his graduation from WVU, Buddy joined his father’s business, Point Marion Ford. Until his death in 2017, Quertinmont remained very close to his alma mater; he was the longtime president of the WVU Letterman’s Club and his daughter, Lori, was a member of the Mountaineer women’s basketball team from 1990-93.