November 13, 2007

Walker makes brief return to lineup

Bill Walker is back. In scoring Kansas State's first seven points and canning his first career 3-pointer against Pittsburg State on Sunday, the star forward proved in his return game that probably only Bill Walker can stop Bill Walker. The redshirt freshman, whose debut season was cut short by anterior cruciate ligament injury, scored all of his 11 points in the first half before sitting due to apparent leg cramps.

"I was pleased with him," K-State coach Frank Martin said. "I would like to see him not cramp up. That's a part of sports. He's got to hydrate better to make sure that doesn't happen."

It's been a bumpy road back for the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Walker, who despite recovering from a ruptured ACL in his left knee during the offseason, suffered an unrelated injury that caused him to miss four practices and sit the bench during the Wildcats' 91-63 win over Sacramento State on Friday night.

Walker, who played in six games last season, started against the Division II Gorillas and appeared healthy. He got the tired Wildcats going with his first career 3-pointer for his team's first points of the game. He followed that up with two more baskets during the next 2 minutes, 15 seconds. He finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor.

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