I heard Rupp really wanted him.
Wes was listed as 6’7” in a lot of places, but actually measured at 6’6 1/2” in bare feet.I saw Wes at the '84 Final Four in Seattle. He was talking to a group of people on the court sideline between games on Saturday. Someone asked him how, at just 6'8" as a center was he able to deal with much taller centers. He said, "i just put my knee between their legs and walked them out to the free throw line". He had huge thighs and rear, and used that to his advantage. Seemed like a good guy.
Great outlet passes after rebounds is what I remember most about his game
That Western team vacated the UK win because Jim McDaniels had an agent which made him ineligible.FYIWhen I was in junior high school (called middle school now) Wes, Butch Beard, and one of the UofL coaches came to my school to recruit one of our high school players. (He would become a starter at WKU, a team that went to the Final Four -- including a 26-point shellacking of UK in the NCAA tournament.)
Beard looked as tall as Unseld, but Unseld seemed like the biggest guy I had ever seen. He was a mean-looking SOB, but I have heard that he was a gentle giant.