Bill Walker’s Journey to the New York Knicks

March 4th, 2010 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »
“Before his high school career ended he was the first player to attend the Adidas ABCD Camp in New Jersey three times, and won the MVP his final season, an award given out to the likes of Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.”

Bill Walker was a Top 10 high school recruit and made the EA Sports High School Boys Basketball team in 2006. He was also a teammate of current Memphis Grizzly and former first-round pick O.J Mayo. He received interest from top programs such as Connecticut, Syracuse, Texas but elected to go to Kansas State.

At Kansas State Walker averaged 16.1 points (5th in the Big 12), 6.3 rebounds and shot 46% (10th in the Big 12) in his second season. He also played alongside Michael Beasley, who was drafted second overall in the 2008 draft.

His knee injuries affected his draft stock but his talent, athleticism, and size still had scouts comparing him to Vince Carter. His leaping ability, strength, and competitiveness would have made him a first-round pick if it weren't for his knee issues.

Because of his two ACL surgeries he was a second round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2008 (47th overall) but w ...

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