Abandoned by his father and raised by various families in Charleston, W.Va., Hundley was living on his own by the time he became a celebrated high school phenom. He rose to prominence at WVU, where he was nicknamed the “Clown Prince” for his freewheeling antics, and became the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NBA draft. When Hundley’s party-till-you-drop lifestyle derailed his pro career, he realized a missed opportunity and dedicated himself to broadcasting.
The only former NBA player to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a play-by-play announcer, Hundley died in March 2015 of Alzheimers at age 80. Our story documents his rags-to-riches life, and how the darkness of his childhood never left him.