Kansas Jayhawks forward Justin Wesley has been recently been playing in the world of acting. Wesley has taken a role of Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain in the movie entitled “Jayhawks”. This is according to Sean Keeler of Fox Sports out of Kansas City.
Wesley began acting on August 15th, and has been busy since then. The movie talks about the former legendary head coach of the Jayhawks, Phog Allen. In the documentary, they discuss the recruiting process of Wilt Chamberlain out of Philadelphia, and his impact on the KU campus and Lawrence.
Wesley, who has had interest in acting before, has this to say regarding his role: “I’m mainly doing it for the history of it, The movie has a lot of controversy and that’s the main reason why I’m doing it. It’s kind of fun, like, learning the backstory — to be a part of that is so exciting.”
Wesley played sparingly off the bench for Bill Self’s Jayhawks a season ago. The forward played in 38 games averaging 10 minutes per game. The Kansas Jayhawks were the national runners-up last season. Wesley expects to play a bigger role with the Jayhawks this season.
Former Jayhawks big man Scot Pollard is one of the associate producers of the film. He is also an actor in the film as he plays the role of B.H. Born, which is another former great.
It’s always a positive for a collegiate athletic to get involved with something else in his life. For Wesley, a guy that does not appear to be a NBA player, this could be a great step in his career, if he chooses acting. Rest assured, Coach Self will have Wesley ready to play basketball once the season rolls around in October.