June 16, 2008

Big decision looming for Walker

The last day to withdraw your name from the NBA Draft was expected to be a long day for Kansas State forward Bill Walker. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound freshman entered his name into the pool to be considered for the June 26 draft in mid-April, and now faces an even tougher decision with the 4:00 p.m. central time deadline looming.

Published reports indicate the Huntington, W.V., native suffered a knee injury during a workout Sunday at the Golden State Warriors workout facility in front of many NBA scouts.

Attempts to reach Walker Sunday night were unsuccessful.

The severity of the knee injury is not known with results from an MRI not available. DraftExpress.net reported Monday morning the injury was a partially torn meniscus. The report also said Walker would likely be inactive for three weeks to allow the injury to heal.

Going through the rehabilitation process for a knee injury is nothing new to Walker. He suffered a torn ACL while in high school. Then six games into his first season at K-State, he suffered another torn ACL which caused him to miss the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

The NBA will conduct it's draft on June 26 at Madison Square Garden.

Walker, a late first-round pick in some mock drafts and a second-round choice in others, must now decide what his future path will be. Does he remain in the NBA Draft and hope to land one of the 30 first round selections? Or does he withdraw from the draft and return to K-State and work to improve his draft stock.

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