Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; like Father, like Son

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; like Father, like Son

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In 1985, my dad, a reporter for the Virginia News Network, interviewed a sophomore forward for the Virginia Military Institute Keydets at the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Asheville, North Carolina, after the Keydets' loss to the Marshall University Thundering Herd 70-65 in the championship game. The VMI basketball player was Gay Elmore, the father of Jon Elmore, who currently plays basketball for Marshall and who I got to interview after a recent Herd game against the Old Dominion Monarchs.

The younger Elmore, who transferred to Marshall after spending his freshman year at VMI, has made an impact on Marshall's basketball team since joining the squad after this season had already begun, with the squad enjoying a winning record since Jon hit the court.

After Jon got nine points and 10 assists in the Old Dominion victory, I asked him what's it like following in his father's footsteps as a college basketball player.

"It's awesome. It means so much. Me and him are as close as any father duo. He is a great dad.

Jon and his father are the only father-son duo to win the Evans Award as the West Virginia's top prep basketball player, Gay winning while playing at South Charleston High School in 1982 and Jon winning while playing at George Washington High School in 2014.

I find it ironic that Jon is playing for Marshall, while his dad played against the Herd. I asked the point guard about that situation. "It's kind of funny; he was probably Marshall's most hated opponent in the history of the school, so it is funny that I am here now, Jon said.

Jon's dad also laughs about the situation. "It is definitely kind of funny. I guess you can never tell what is going to happen in life, but I am a West Virginian and Jon was born and raised here. It's close to home and Coach [Dan] D'Antoni is a West Virginian (from Mullens), so the way I look at it, everything is working out really well, he said.

During his VMI career, Gay Elmore scored a then-school-record 2,423 points in 113 games, which, at the time of his graduation, was also the fourth-highest total in Southern Conference history. …

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