Monday , Jan , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kansas State forward Walker out for season

Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) – Kansas State forward Bill Walker will miss
the rest of the season after tests Monday revealed the freshman has sustained
a complete tear of the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

The injury occurred on Saturday in the opening minutes of the Wildcats’ 69-65
loss at Texas A&M, when Walker was fouled on a drive to the basket.

“This is truly a sad day for Bill and for our basketball program,” said Kansas
State head coach Bob Huggins. “He was making such significant strides with our
team in practice and was ready to make an even bigger impact in games.
However, he has a great attitude in response to the injury and we expect him
to make a complete recovery in time for the 2007-08 season.”

The 6-foot-6 Walker averaged 11.3 points on 40 percent shooting in six games
with Kansas State this season, with 4.5 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He
was third on the team in scoring and rebounding.

Surgery to repair the ACL will take place in the next 7-to-14 days, according
to the team. The rehabilitation process will likely take six to eight months.