|Former Friars great Jimmy Walker dies at 63|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2007 11:57|
Providence announced Tuesday that Walker died of lung cancer on Monday in Kansas City, Mo.
Walker led the nation in scoring in 1967 as a senior, averaging more than 30 points a game. His three-year total of 2,045 points was the school record at Providence for 38 years until Ryan Gomes broke it in 2005.
Walker, a 6-foot-3 guard, played nine seasons in the NBA with Detroit, Houston and Kansas City. He averaged 16.7 points per game for his career, including a high of 21.3 in 1971-72.
He was the father of longtime NBA player and former University of Michigan star Jalen Rose, and at one point they held the NCAA Division I record for most career points scored by a father-son duo.
Walker was born in Virginia, but grew up and played high school basketball in the Boston area.