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#KU50: 12(a) Walt Wesley

I actually didn’t forget about anyone up here. I just wanted to make special mention of all three of them, and all three statistically remind me of one another.

Wesley was recruited to Kansas just as college basketball was starting to integrate. He sits 30th all time in KU’s all time scoring list, scoring 1,315 points in just 68 games. He immediately averaged 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and backed that year up with 23.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg as a junior and 20.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg as a senior.

Wesley was a 2nd team All American in 1966, as well as an All-Region team member in that year’s NCAA tournament.

Part of the reason I’ve grouped Wesley, and the guy coming next, together is it is tough to find a lot of great stats about guys from that era. Wesley had his jersey retired by KU, and went on to have a nice NBA career for 8 different teams. He finished his KU career shooting 48 percent from the field and just over 50 percent from the line, but the 6-11 giant stands out as one of the best scorers in KU history, playing the second fewest games of anyone in the top 30 of scoring.