MORGANTOWN — Don Weir, a native of Oceana, was an outstanding player who lettered on West Virginia’s men’s basketball team in the mid-1960s.
A 5-foot-11, 160-pound guard, he earned all-state honors as a senior at Oceana High School. He was recruited by Fred Schaus and played for George King, who took over in 1961. Weir excelled in the 1961-62, 62-63 and 63-64 seasons.
“Rod Thorn and I were teammates, and we also played against each other when he was at Princeton High,” recalled Weir, who now lives in Houston. Thorn now is the director of operations for the NBA.
Weir played on a freshman team his first year after arriving, sat out a season to develop his talent, then played three seasons through the 1963-64 campaign.
Weir contributed to consecutive records of 28-6, 23-8 and 18-10 during his three varsity seasons.
The Mountaineers won the Southern Conference Championship in his sophomore and junior years to earn automatic berths in the NCAA tournament.
“I had a great time during my five years at the university,” said Weir. “That was a wonderful period for men’s basketball just as Jerry West was leaving to become a star in pro basketball with Coach Schaus.”
He was named a team captain in 1964, his senior season. While he did not have the opportunity to play with West, he got to know him and later, in Houston, got to see him and chat when he came there as a professional.
He also had a chance to see Thorn when he came to town as an executive with the NBA organization. “Rod certainly has done very well, too,” he noted.
As a sophomore, Weir made the Southern Conference all-tournament team. That’s obviously an honor he still cherishes and should.
That indicated he was off to a great start in the first of his three varsity seasons.
“That was a big deal for me then,” Weir admitted.
He also recalled that WVU defeated Virginia Tech in the 1962 conference tournament finals.
In the title-taking finalé against Virginia Tech, he thinks he scored 17 points. Tom Lowry and Mike Wolfe were co-captains with Weir in 1964.
He thinks it was special in those days being able to play games in not only New York’s Madison Square Garden, but the Palestra in Philadelphia and a Sports Arena Tournament in California.
Oceana High was consolidated with Baileysville to form Westside High School.
After graduating in 1964, he was called up for two years of service in the Army. He then took a job in Houston in 1966 and has been a resident there since.
He joined the well-known Pricewaterhouse firm for which Weir worked for 10 or 12 years. Then he moved to the car business for 20 to 25 years in Houston.
He’s now been working for an investment and banking business for the last 12 years and is still at it.
Weir, who turned 73 in August, received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. So he seemed to have prepared for his career in various business opportunities.
Don and his wife Julie have been married for 53 years. The two were high school sweethearts. Both graduated from WVU the same year.
They have three children: Lara, Lisa and Eric. The son, the youngest of the three, attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship. He played three years with the NFL’s New York Giants as a wide receiver.
In closing, Weir said, “We always were in the top 10 because we played some really good basketball. It was a lot of fun those years. We talked a lot and it was fun.
For his three-year career, Weir played in 77 games, made 103 of 279 shots from the field (37.2 percent) and cashed 75 of 112 free throws (69 percent) for 281 points.
He also had 116 rebounds and 76 assists.