December 11, 2006

Huggins has high hopes for Walker

Kansas State fans never dreamed they'd be so excited for a matchup with Kennesaw State, but Wildcat followers everywhere can't wait for Sunday's contest, which will feature the debut of Bill Walker. Kansas State head coach Bob Huggins discussed the arrival of Walker, Rivals.com's No. 6-rated overall recruit, among other topics in Monday's Big 12 Teleconference.

What type of impact can Bill Walker make early for you guys?
"I think he's going to have a big impact. We're not very athletic, and he brings a degree of athleticism that we really need. He can go get it in a crowd, make athletic plays defensively and offensively. We don't have anybody who can do that right now."

What exactly has Bill been able to do since he arrived on campus?
"He's been able to come to practice and sit and watch. He's worked out on his own. We obviously haven't observed him, so I don't know what he's done. He says he's running and shooting and playing. I believe him when he says that; he loves to play, so I don't have any doubt he's been working out."

Realistically, how soon can he become involved and a factor on this team?
"About 2:30 on Sunday. He gives us stuff we don't have. We don't have anybody who can make the plays he can make. He's going to have to play himself into shape and has an awful lot to learn in a very short period of time, but he's got a very good basketball IQ. I think we're going to be able to teach him things faster than maybe you could some other people."

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