Three Friar Legends will have their numbers raised to the rafters at halftime of the men's and women's basketball games on Jan. 25.
There's little doubt that Jimmy Walker is the greatest player ever at Providence College. Still the second all-time leading scorer with 2045 points in just three seasons, all before the advent of the three-point field goal, Walker was a three-time All-American who was considered the second coming of Oscar Robertson. Physically strong and tremendously gifted, Walker turned the point guard position into a deadly scoring weapon for the Friars in the middle 1960's. Along the way he set scoring records for single game, season and career. In 1967 he became the only Friar to average over 30 points a game in leading the NATION in scoring. Walker was PC's and New England basketball's only Number One draft choice of the NBA. He remains the only Providence College player to ever be selected first in the draft.
A prolific scorer while at Providence, Jimmy Walker picked up where he left off in the NBA. The first overall pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1967 NBA Draft, Walker averaged 16.7 points per game over his nine-year career. A two-time all-star selection, Walker could score from anywhere on the court, and consistently recorded 20 points per game during the peak of his career. Even with his ability to put the ball in the basket, Walker never strayed from the team concept. Walker partnered with a number of star players, including Dave Bing in Detroit and Nate Archibald in Kansas City-Omaha, and his ability to play unselfish basketball improved the teams that he played on. He was a two-time All-Star and scored 11,655 points in his career. Walker retired from the NBA in 1976.