Tuesday , Jul , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Providence basketball legend Walker passes away

Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Legendary Providence basketball star Jimmy
Walker, the first overall selection in the 1967 NBA Draft, passed away on
Monday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 63.

Walker averaged 25.2 points per game in three seasons at Providence and was
named to the Associated Press All-American team in all three years, including
a First-Team selection in 1967. Walker averaged over 30 points per game that
season to lead the nation.

Walker was the school’s all-time points-scored leader with 2,045 before Ryan
Gomes surpassed that total in 2005. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with
the top pick in 1967. In nine NBA seasons, Walker averaged 16.7 points per