A Brief History of Basketball at West Virginia University
Men's basketball at West Virginia University first appeared in the winter of 1903-04. During its initial years the team played a limited schedule and scheduled games with "local" colleges: Waynesburg, Bethany, Davis and Elkins, Washington and Jefferson, and Fairmont. According Fred Schaus, "There were no African-American players that I had as a teammate in the 1946-1949 years." He also stated that when he returned to WVU in 1954 there were still no African American players at the club. He attributed the lack of African-American presence on West Virginia University basketball team to the fact they "did not recruit African American players because the state of West Virginia had very few African-American players that would draw attention of the college coaches."