Mark West

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Mark Andre West
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Position: Center
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 225
Nationality: American
Born: 11/5/1960
Birthplace: Fort Campbell, Kent.
Draft: 1983 (2nd Rd.)
Drafted By: Dallas
College: Old Dominion ('83)
NBA Career: 1984-2000
Mavs Tenure: 1984

Mark West (born November 5, 1960 in Petersburg, Virginia) was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1983 NBA draft.

West was one of the most prolific college basketball players to go through Old Dominion. He led ODU to a four year record of 80-30 and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament as a freshman and junior. The team made the NIT his sophomore and senior year.

He was ECAC MVP in 1980 and 1982 and led the nation in blocked shots his sophomore and junior years. West was named honorable mention all-American by the Associated Press in 1981 and 1982 and by The Sporting News in 1981.

He played for the silver medal winning U.S. National Team in the 1982 FIBA World Championships.

West graduated Old Dominion with 1308 points, 1113 rebounds, a 56% field goal percentage and as the school's all-time leading shot blocker with 446.

Drafted 30th overall in 1983 by Dallas, he played just one season with the Mavericks appearing in 34 games while averaging 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game

West signed with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1984 offseason, appeared in only one game and was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he would spend the next three and a half seasons.

Halfway through the 1987-1988 campaign, the Cavs traded West, Kevin Johnson, Tyrone Corbin and three draft choices to Phoenix for Larry Nance, Mike Sanders and a 1988 first round pick.

West would spend six and a half seasons in Phoenix, where he had his best statistical season in 1989-1990 averaging 10.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. His final four seasons in the league were spent with another year in Cleveland ans stops in Indiana, Atlanta along with a brief return to Phoenix, where he retired after the 2000 season.

Old Dominion retired his jersey number 45 in 1984 and elected him to the ODU sports Hall of Fame in 1988. West was also honored with induction to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Today West is Vice President of Player Development and Programs with the NBA's Phoenix Suns.