April 14, 2007

Walker continues to rehab injured knee

While Bill Walker spent most of his time early this week voicing undying support to first-year head coach Frank Martin, the sophomore also discussed another transition, as the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder continues to rehabilitate from a knee injury that ended his debut season in a Wildcats uniform after just six games last season.

"I'm at about 70 percent right now," Walker said. "I'm just starting to cut on the basketball court right now. It's coming slow."

Walker learned hours before a Jan. 8 meeting between K-State and Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum that he sustained a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a game two days before. He landed awkwardly after being bumped in the paint less than five minutes into a 69-65 loss at No. 11 Texas A&M.

Walker, who started five games and averaged 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.3 minutes, underwent knee surgery a few weeks later and spent most of February in a brace and walking with the aid of crutches.

"I'll be back in four months," Walker said Jan. 8.

Make it five.

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