Bill Walker: NBA Draft Profile

May 14th, 2008

Bill Walker


College: Kansas State

Class: Freshman

Position: SG/SF

Height:   6’6”

Weight:  220lbs


Accolades:  Third Team Freshman All-American – CHN (08), Third Team All-Big 12 (08), Big 12 All-Rookie Team (08), Second Team All-American – Parade – high school (06), First Team USA Today All-USA High School Boys’ Basketball All-Junior Team (06), Three-Time MVP Reebok ABCD Camp – high school.


Scouting Report: A jumping jack able to play inside or out.


Strengths:  Crazy leaper – can jump out of the gym.  Brings a toughness/aggressiveness to the court.  Can play wing or post.  Good, strong body.  Great slasher – can break down his man off the dribble.  Three-point range on his jumper.  Good rebounder for a wing player.  Capable of explosive scoring games – topped 30-points three times this season. 


Weaknesses:   Off-the-court questions.  Needs to improve his ball handling to play the wing in the NBA.  Injury concerns – torn ACL twice.  Foul prone.  Turns the ball over too much.  Very inconsistent.  Shoots the three for a poor percentage.  Poor shot selection.  Settles for three-pointers too often.  Always been just a complementary player (played with O.J. Mayo in high school, Michael Beasley in college).    


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Early to mid second round pick.


Consensus:  Bill Walker’s star has taken an even bigger dive than his buddy, O.J. Mayo’s.  Since he currently isn’t considered a first round prospect, Walker should go back to Manhattan in the fall and prove that he has what it takes to be the lead man for the Wildcats. 




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