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January 8, 2007

Walker lost for year with ACL rupture

Tests revealed on Monday that Kansas State freshman forward Bill Walker has sustained a complete rupture of the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) in his left knee and he will be out for the remainder of the season, according to head coach Bob Huggins.

"This is a truly a sad day for Bill and for our basketball program," said Huggins. "He was making such significant strides with our team in practice and was ready to make an even bigger impact in games. However, he has a great attitude in response to the injury and we expect him to make a complete recovery in time for the 2007-08 season."

Surgery has not yet been scheduled for Walker, but it is expected to take place in the next 7-14 days. The rehabilitation process will begin immediately following surgery and is expected to take between six and eight months.

Walker averaged 11.3 points on 40.0 percent shooting (26-of-65) in six games this season with 4.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. His scoring and rebounding averages rank third on the team.

After taking an accelerated course to complete his high school degree, Walker became eligible for competition with the Wildcats on Dec. 16. He scored in double figures in his first four games, including a career-best 19 points against USC in the semifinals of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 23.

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