A sold out crowd gathered Friday night at the Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown to see the premier film about legendary basketball player Rodney Clark “Hot Rod” Hundley.
The film featured Hundley from his birth up until his death, showcasing his life. Hundley was an iconic basketball figure who was best known in the state for playing for the WVU men’s basketball team from 1954-57. Hundley who used the sport to guide him through his life.
Hundley was a first pick in the NBA draft, and the first ever former player to become a Broadcasting Hall of Fame member.
“I think any West Virginian will be happy to see this movie. I think that it has a lot of the elements that makes West Virginia a very special place. It’s the story of survival. It’s the story of success. It’s a story of perseverance. And so I think West Virginians will very much relate to this,” said Tony Caridi, producer of ‘Hot Rod.’
Caridi added that he learned that all the stories that centered around Hot Rod we’re true, and that he was an unbelievable character who did things on a basketball court that had never been done before.