In this 21-part series, I count down the top 100 Mountaineer male basketball players of all time.
Admittedly, this list is not scientific. It’s completely subjective, and obviously opinions can differ. Feel free to visit our message boards at BlueGoldNews.com to provide feedback on this list, whether for or against.
Below is another installment in this long-running series with a countdown from #90 to 86.
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86 – Drew Schifino (2002-04)– It’s not too often that a player who only spends two and a third seasons on a college team scores more than 1,000 career points, but that’s what Schifino did, posting 1,048 points in 68 games with the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-3 guard from Pittsburgh arrived at WVU during Gale Catlett’s final season as head coach, and although eclipsed that year by classmate Jonathan Hargett (13.8 points per game), Schifino also had a strong freshman campaign, averaging 9.7 points per game. to go along with a team record 57 interceptions. The following year, Hargett was gone and John Beilein replaced Catlett as head coach. Schifino thrived offensively in Beilein’s system, averaging 20.1 points per game in his sophomore season (no WVU player has exceeded that single-season average since), eclipsing 20 points 14 times. The 2003-04 season seemed to start well for Schifino and the Mountaineers, as he scored 10 or more points in each of the first 10 games, but after being limited to just nine points at Notre Dame, breaking all 48 games in Drew. double digit goal streak, frustration bubble. A meeting between Schifino and Beilein after the Notre Dame game led to the junior guard leaving the program. He tried to resuscitate his career in California (Pennsylvania), but this stint was also short-lived. Schifino has averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in his truncated mountaineer career, but the question with him at WVU will always be what if?
87 – Patrick Beilein (2003-06) – Patty B. was much more than the coach’s daughter. He was a huge asset on the court for a Mountaineer team that raced to the NCAA Elite Eight his junior season and the Sweet 16 his senior year. Although he almost always came off the bench, starting only two of the 128 games he played in his four seasons at West Virginia, he still scored 1,001 points in his career. His 242 3-pointers are the third-highest in WVU history, behind only Kevin Pittsnogle’s 253 and Alex Ruoff’s 261. took the job in West Virginia before Patrick’s freshman 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, 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-9 Morgantown native was a jack-of-all-trades who was an integral part of four WVU teams that earned playoff berths, including three that won 25 or more games and two that turned the tournament around NCAA to the Sweet 16. Adrian could score (792 points in his four years and 9.6 per game as a senior while hitting 104 career 3-pointers), but he wasn’t just putting the ball in the basket. He had 516 rebounds in 140 career games to go along with 198 assists. His lasting memory among Mountaineer fans will be with his high energy and long arms wreaking havoc on opponents atop defense all over Press Virginia. This constant hustle helped him rack up 134 career steals (22n/athe most in school history) and earned him Big 12 defensive team honors as a senior in 2017, when he also earned third-team all-league recognition. He graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s, master’s and a 3.85 GPA and has spent the last three years playing overseas in France, Ukraine and Italy.
89 – Ricky Robinson (1994-97)– Few mountaineers have ever looked better at the role of a power forward than the brawny 6-foot-8, 245-pound Robinson. The Roselle, New Jersey native scored 1,373 points in his four WVU seasons, topping 13.5 points per game in each of his last three years. He also led West Virginia to rebound in those three seasons, knocking down 7.2 boards in 1991-92, 7.7 in 1992-93 and 8.1 in 1993-94. Robinson’s 746 career rebounds remain the 18ethe most in Mountaineer history, and he’s also 22n/ain career scoring. Selected to the All-Atlantic 10 first team in 1994, he finished 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 negative for the talented group was that they could only reach the NCAA Tournament once in their career (1992) and had to settle for NIT spots in their other three seasons.
90 – Buddy Quertinmont (1963-65)– A skilled scorer from Point Marion, Pa., which is just a hop from Morgantown, Quertinmont had to wait his turn once he got to WVU. Freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition at the time, then he was limited to just 16 games of sophomore action (1.9 points per game) while sitting behind guard All-American Rod Thorn. Once Thorn left for the NBA, Quertinmont became one of the Mountaineers’ leaders on and off the court. As a junior, he finished second on the team with an average of 10.3 points per game (behind only Tom Lowry’s 15.6), and as a senior he increased that average to 14.5 points per game to go with 2.0 assists. Failing to win the Southern Conference Tournament in 1964, only the second time the WVU had missed that title in nine years and thus missed the NCAA Tournament (only league champions had won berths at that time there), Quertinmont led an unlikely charge through the SoCon tournament and back to the NCAA as a senior in 1965. Although West Virginia finished its regular season just 11-14, it swept its three games in the Southern Conference tournament in Charlotte, requiring overtime to defeat Davidson (74-72) in the semis and double overtime to beat William & Mary (70-67) in the finals to earn an NCAA berth . Quertinmont’s college career ended in an NCAA first-round loss to Providence (91-67), but even returning to the Big Dance was a monumental task that season. After graduating from WVU, Buddy joined his father’s company, Point Marion Ford. Until his death in 2017, Quertinmont remained very close to his alma mater; he was a longtime president of WVU’s Letterman’s Club, and his daughter, Lori, was a member of the Mountaineer women’s basketball team from 1990 to 1993.