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Walker at an autograph signing in 2012
August 18, 1964 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Crawford County (Roberta, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Number||34, 7, 15|
|1986–1991||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,128 (7.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,793 (4.0 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth "Sky" Walker (born August 18, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player, primarily for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Walker played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. He is currently a radio host for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky.
Walker was born in Roberta, Georgia. After being named Mr. Basketball in his home state of Georgia in 1982, Walker chose to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky. Walker had a very successful college career, being named to an All-SEC team four times and the All-American team twice. Walker's 1984 Kentucky team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Georgetown Hoyas.
In 1986, Walker set a record by scoring 11 times on 11 field goal attempts in the NCAA tournament.
Walker was selected with the 5th pick of the 1986 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. Walker played for five coaches in five years with the Knicks. On February 11, 1989, Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, competing three days after the death of his father. He also secured third place in the 1990 contest. However, his success on the court was dwindling, and knee injuries forced him to leave the NBA and join the ACB league in Spain.
Walker returned to the NBA in 1993 to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets as a role player. He played a season (c.1998) in Japan before retiring from professional basketball.