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How Wes Unseld changed the game for UofL basketball

Wes Unseld was not the first Black player to suit up for Louisville men’s basketball. But the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, who died at the age of 74 back in June, was the one who changed the Cardinal program. "He paved the way for everybody that came after him at the University of Louisville, that first true African-American superstar,” Darrell Griffith, Louisville’s all-time leading scorer, said. Butch Beard, a Louisville Athletics Hall of Famer who ranks second in program history with a 19-point per game career scoring average, believes not enough of the current generation of Cardinals understand Unseld’s importance. He recently wrote a letter to the school, asking it to remove his own name from its records until it creates more diversity within its program and properly honors the legacy of Black trailblazers like the NBA champion, MVP and Rookie of the Year in Unseld. Full story: https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/black-history/wes-unseld-louisville-basketball-legacy-black-history-month/417-a2cdd536-1f06-4480-a693-2c5dfcf68b03 “The letter was written to get the University to understand that they had greatness there in Wes Unseld,” Beard said. “And it should be recognized that he had a tremendous contribution on where the basketball program is today. I'm telling you, if you sat down with any of those kids on that team right now, they couldn't tell you if Wes Unseld was pink, purple, what position he played or anything.” Follow WHAS11 on Social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WHAS11​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WHAS11​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whas11/​ Subscribe to WHAS11 for exclusive content: http://www.youtube.com/c/WHAS11News?s​... Download the WHAS11 News app Apple: https://apple.co/325dTnY​ Android: https://bit.ly/3hfvOg8

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