David West holds his ground during first months in the NBA

Former Xavier star earns his playing time with the New Orleans Hornets | December 12, 2003

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.