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Walt Wesley

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Walt Wesley

Birthdate: January 25, 1945
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida
High School: Fort Myers Dunbar (1963)
Colleges: Kansas (1979)
Year Inducted: 2018

An All-American at Kansas University, Walt Wesley averaged 10.5 and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 1963-64, 23.5 and 8.8 as a junior and 20.7 and 9.3 as a senior when he was an All-American. He was selected sixth overall by Cincinnati in the 1966 National Basketball Association draft and played three seasons for the Royals as a backup for Jerry Lucas and Connie Dierking at center. The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Wesley was traded to Chicago in 1969 and played one season for the Bulls. Then he returned to Ohio when the new Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the 1970 expansion draft. In the Cavs' first two seasons he started every game at center. Appearing in 82 games in the 1970-71 season, he played in 29 minutes per game and averaged 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. The first-year Cavs won 15 games and lost 67. Wesley scored a season-high 50 points against Cincinnati on February 19, 1971. The Cavs improved to 23-59 in their second year and Wesley again played in 82 games, averaging 12.4 points and 8.7 rebounds. He was was traded to Phoenix 12 games into the 1972-73 season. Wesley spent 10 years in the NBA, also playing for Milwaukee, Washington, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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