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David West holds his ground during first months in the NBA

Former Xavier star earns his playing time with the New Orleans Hornets


David West, last year's college basketball player of the year and arguably the best basketball player to graduate from Xavier, has had a few changes in his life since leaving campus—including marriage and a spot on the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Hornets. On a team packed with veterans, West is averaging more than 10 minutes of playing time a game and, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune notes in a recent feature on him, he's a valuable addition to the team.