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Walt Wesley

2018 Inductee


Walt Wesley

  • Walt Wesley

Birthdate: January 25, 1945
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida
High School: Fort Myers Dunbar (1962)
Colleges: Kansas (1966)
Died: March 28, 2024
Year Inducted: 2018

Walt Wesley was an All-American at the University of Kansas  in both 1965 and 1966. He was selected sixth overall by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1966 NBA draft and and had a successful 10-year career in the NBA. He held the Cleveland Cavaliers single-game scoring record of 50 points for over 30 years until it was broken by LeBron James in 2008, who utilized three-point baskets as a part of the combined total, which was not a part of the game when the record was established by Walt. After playing professional basketball, Walt served as a Division I college basketball coach for over 25 years at the University of Kansas, Western Michigan University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. After his retirement from coaching, Walt served as an Executive Director for the Police Athletic League in Fort Myers, Florida.

Walt’s jersey was retired by the University of Kansas and Fort Myers Dunbar High School.  He was inducted into the University of Kansas Hall Of Fame, State of Kansas Hall of Fame, National High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Court of Legends, Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.  Walt also has the distinct honor of receiving the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity “Jessie Owens Award of Excellence” for athletic and philanthropic accomplishments, which he received in 2010.