Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: March 14, 1946 – Wes Unseld

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Westley Unseld, Hall of Fame basketball player, was born on March 14, 1946, in Louisville to Charles and Cornelia Unseld. An All-State player, he led Louisville's Seneca High School to two state championships, 1963 and 1964. He attended the University of Louisville during 1965-68, was named All-Conference three times, All-American twice, and ranked among the national leaders in rebounding. He was selected in the first round of the 1968 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft by the Washington Bullets and was named the NBA's rookie of the year and most valuable player for the 1968-69 season. Unseld played until 1981 with the Bullets, was named to the Nba All-Star team five times, and was the most valuable player of the 1978 NBA Championship Series. He retired as the Bullets' career leader in games, rebounds, minutes played, and assists.

Moving directly from the court to the front office, Unseld became the vice president of the Bullets and also served as a television broadcaster for Bullets' games. He returned to the bench in 1988 as an assistant coach and later that year became head coach. In 1988 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Unseld served on the board of trustees at St. Mary's College in Baltimore and as the head of Capital Center Charities in Washington.

He married Connie Martin; they have two children, Kimberly and Wesley.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Notable Kentucky African Americans Database

Biography Reference Bank Who's Who (Marquis Biographies Online)

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