Wes Unseld led Louisville Seneca to back-to-back state titles in 1963 and 1964, the only basketball titles in the school’s history. Seneca is one of only five Kentucky high schools to win back-to-back state championships. He is first and second all-time for rebounds in a state tournament. He grabbed 72 in 1963 and an eye-popping 88 in 1964, when he also scored 105 points. He made a key basket in the final minute and a free throw a few seconds later in Seneca’s 61-58 semi-final victory over Hazard in 1964. Many people (including me) consider him to be the best high school player in Kentucky history, and the 1963 and 1964 Seneca teams to be among the elite teams in Kentucky high school basketball.
Unseld was named Mr. Basketball in 1964 after his teammate, Mike Redd, took home the honors in 1963 and went on to play for Kentucky Wesleyan. Redd scored 106 points in the 1963 state tournament. The only other time a school produced back-to-back Mr. Basketball winners was when Rick Jones and Scott Hundley did so for Scott County in the late 90s. Redd and Unseld were the first two African Americans to be named Mr. Basketball. Redd passed away in 2007 and Unseld passed away today. Prayers for the Unseld family.