Former WVU basketball player Dale Blaney will join the Hall of Fame this summer, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He will be the third member of his family inducted in four years, joining his father Lou (2013) and brother Dave (2014). “Words can’t describe how I feel,” he said. “For my dad to be inducted three years ago, then Dave two years ago and now myself, it’s pretty special.”
He played at WVU from 1983-86, averaging 12.3 points a game in his career. His 1.520 points are currently 18th in West Virginia history. Following a senior year in which he averaged 17 points, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
He never played in the NBA but made his name in racing. Blaney won 11 times in the World of Outlaw Series and as of mid-January, has 127 career victories in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and won that series title six times. His New Year’s Day win gave him a victory in each of his 27 years of racing.
Despite becoming a racer and not staying in basketball, Blaney still follows Mountaineer basketball. His twitter page has plenty of WVU Basketball retweets.
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