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Kirk Walters bio
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/15/2006
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General:  An excellent athlete who runs the floor well and has great hands ... A quick leaper with ever-improving shot-blocking abilities ... Added 21 pounds to his 6-foot-10 frame since his arrival ... Enjoyed his most productive season as a junior ... The only Wildcat regular to shoot better than 50 percent (.586/82-of-140) from the floor in 2005-06  ... Olson says, “We’re very pleased with him.  The only thing we can’t do is get weight on him quickly enough.”

 

2005-06 (Junior):  Returned to school with a far more assertive approach to the game ... Olson likes the new-found aggressiveness ... Does need to improve his shot-blocking abilities ... Finished the season ranked fifth in the Pac-10 Conference with 1.52 blocks per game (50) ... Averaged 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks to go with a 62.9 field goal percentage (22-of-35) over his last 10 games ... Garnered one rebound in seven minutes vs. Villanova on 3/19 ... Tallied six points and two steals vs. Wisconsin on 3/17 in NCAA Tournament first round game ... Collected just three rebounds in 25 minutes at the Pac-10 Tournament ... Hit 2-of-3 FG and added a block on 3/10 vs. UCLA ... Scored two points and added a board vs. Stanford on 3/9 ... Registered six points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal on 3/4 vs. Washington ... Hit all three FG attempts and added a block on 3/2 vs. Washington State ... Collected four boards vs. Arizona State on 2/25 ... Blocked four shots to go with eight points and six rebounds at Stanford on 2/19 ... Hampered by foul trouble, but managed eight points and three rebounds on 2/16 at California ... Registered 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks on 2/11 vs. Oregon State ... Finished with career highs of 18 points (8-of-11 FG) and eight rebounds to go with three blocks on 2/9 vs. Oregon ... Hit a career-best 6-of-6 FGs to finish with a career-high 14 points and five rebounds on 2/4 at UCLA ... Tallied seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks at USC on 2/2 ... Posted career-high totals of eight rebounds, three steals and 33 minutes at North Carolina on 1/28 ... Blocked a career-high five shots on 1/25 at Arizona State to go with nine points and five boards in a career-high 25 minutes ... Posted four points and six rebounds in a career-best 25 minutes vs. California on 1/21 ... Collected six points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal on 1/19 vs. Stanford ... Grabbed one rebound at Oregon on 1/14 ... Played just two minutes at Oregon State on 1/12 ... Tallied a rebound and a block vs. USC on 1/7 ... Notched 10 points (5-of-7 FG) to go with three rebounds on 1/5 vs. UCLA ... His free throw with five seconds to go provided the decisive margin in the double overtime win at Washington on 12/31 ... Put forth a spirited effort with nine points, seven boards and two steals on 12/29 at Washington State ... Hit all three shots from the field and finished with seven points, two boards and a block on 12/21 vs. Western Kentucky ... Collected two blocks and three rebounds on 12/19 vs. Sam Houston State ... Equaled a season high with four blocks to go with five points and a pair of rebounds on 12/17 at Utah ... Registered four points, four boards, two blocks and a career-high two steals on 12/10 vs. Saint Mary’s ... Posted his second double-figure scoring effort of the year with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks on 12/8 vs. Northern Arizona ... Collected a pair of rebounds and one assist at Houston on 12/3 ... Tallied six points and a pair of blocks on 11/27 vs. Virginia ... Posted six points and a career-best four blocked shots on 11/23 vs. Michigan State ... Collected six points and five rebounds vs. Connecticut on 11/22 ... Broke out with career-high totals of 13 points (first career double-figure game), seven rebounds and 24 minutes played vs. Kansas on 11/21.

 

2004-05 (Sophomore):  Progressed immensely since the end of his freshman campaign ... Named Arizona’s co-Improved in a vote by his teammates ... After sitting out the first 15 games with the plan of redshirting, made his 2004-05 debut on 1/13 vs. USC by collecting a rebound in 12 minutes ... Averaged 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in NCAA Tournament ... Garnered one minute of action vs. Illinois in Chicago Regional final on 3/26 ... Posted a rebound and an assist in four minutes vs. Oklahoma State on 3/24 ... Posted career highs of eight points, 3-of-5 FG shooting and one steal vs. UAB on 3/19 in second round of NCAA Tournament ... Grabbed a rebound in five minutes vs. Utah State on 3/17 in NCAA Tournament first round ... Collected a block and two rebounds on 3/11 vs. Oregon State ... Tallied four points and two blocks on 3/10 vs. California ... Played four minutes at Arizona State on 3/5 ... Hit only FG and added a block on 2/26 at Washington ... Played three minutes at Washington State on 2/24 ... Registered four points, a rebound and two blocks on 2/20 vs. Oregon State ... Collected five points and a blocked shot on 2/17 vs. Oregon ... Missed only FG attempt in nine minutes at UCLA on 2/12 ... Totaled six points and two rebounds on 2/10 at USC ... Went 3-of-3 from the line on 2/5 vs. Stanford and finished with five points and a blocked shot ... Posted four points, one rebound and a block on 2/3 vs. California ... Equaled a career high with two blocks on 1/29 vs. Washington State ... Recorded two points and a rebound in nine minutes vs. Washington on 1/27 ... Tallied four points, three rebounds and a steal on 1/22 at Oregon State ... Collected two boards and an assist on 1/20 at Oregon ... Hit 2-of-3 FGs en route to five points and a career-high five rebounds on 1/15 vs. UCLA ... As Olson said following the USC game about giving up Walters’ redshirt, “It was great to get Kirk in there. He’s been playing really well in practice situations. He just needs time. He’ll be a big difference for us.  We’ve been toying with the idea of putting him in because he’s been playing so well in practice. He’s obviously going to be in the lineup next year, so we need to get him his experience.”

 

2003-04 (Freshman):  Saw action in 24 of 30 games ... Named most improved player by a vote of his teammates ... Collected an assist, three blocks and two steals over his last eight appearances ... Tallied a blocked shot in two minutes vs. Washington on 3/12 ... Saw one minute vs. USC on 3/11 in Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal win ... Missed only FG attempt vs. Arizona State on 3/7, but grabbed a rebound and added a steal ... Garnered four minutes vs. Washington State on 2/28 ... Tallied four points, two boards and his first collegiate assist on 2/26 vs. Washington ... Missed only FG attempt on 2/21 at Oregon State ... Tallied a board and a steal in five minutes vs. UCLA on 2/14 ... Hit 2-of-2 FTs to go with a rebound and a block on 2/12 ... Earned three minutes at Washington State on 1/31 ... DNP at Washington on 1/29 ... Garnered two minutes of action vs. Oregon on 1/25 ... Hit only FG attempt (a dunk), grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot on 1/22 vs. Oregon State ... Played three minutes at UCLA on 1/17 ... Saw one minute at USC on 1/15 ... DNP vs. Stanford on 1/10 ... Propelled by 4-of-4 FTs, set a new career high with six points on 1/8 vs. California, while also collecting a steal ... Played eight minutes at Arizona State on 1/3 ... Collected three minutes of action on 12/30 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette ... Posted three points and a steal on 12/28 vs. Liberty ... Collected two boards in 11 minutes vs. San Diego State on 12/22 ... Grabbed a rebound in four minutes of play against Saint Mary’s on 12/17 ... Collected three minutes vs. Texas on 12/9 ... Averaging 3.3 minutes over his last three games ... Missed a FG and FT on 12/13 vs. Marquette ... Played three minutes at Saint Louis on 12/6 ... Collected a point, two rebounds and a blocked shot on 11/28 vs. Florida ... Tallied four points and four rebounds in 14 minutes vs. Northern Arizona on 11/24 in his collegiate debut.

 

High School:  Ranked as the No. 20 center in the nation by ESPN.com’s Mark Mayemura and the No. 80 overall recruit by foxsports.com ... Prepped at South Christian High School ... Averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game as a senior for coach Ken Hiskes in helping South Christian to a 27-0 overall record and 2003 state championship ... An all-state and all-OK Gold Conference selection as a senior ... Averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a junior ... Team went 24-4 as a junior and lost in the state finals  ... Earned two basketball letters and three in track and field ... Walters also high jumped six feet, four inches to qualify for the state high school track championship.

 

 

 

CAREER HIGHS

Kirk Walters

Points

18, vs. Oregon, 2/9/2006

 

Rebounds

8, three times, last, vs. Oregon, 2/9/2006

 

FG

8, vs. Oregon, 2/9/2006

 

FGA

11, vs. Oregon, 2/9/2006

 

3PT

0

 

3ATT

0

 

FT

5, vs. Kansas, 11/21/2005

 

FTA

6, three times, last, vs. Oregon, 2/9/2006

 

AST

1, seven times, last, vs. California, 1/21/2006

 

STL

3, at North Carolina, 1/28/2006

 

BLK

5, at Arizona State, 1/25/2006

 

MIN

33, twice, last, at Stanford, 2/19/2006

 



Walters, Kirk


                                 Total         3-Point                    Rebounds
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg
2003-04   24-0    134/5.6     4-16   .250    0-0    .000   14-17   .824   4-14    18  0.8  14-0    1   5   6   4   22/0.9
2004-05   21-0    206/9.8    17-31   .548    0-0    .000   16-21   .762   8-21    29  1.4  27-0    2  10  15   2   50/2.4
2005-06   33-26   622/18.8   82-140  .586    0-0    .000   37-64   .578  52-65   117  3.5  80-2    4  39  50  14  201/6.1
TOTAL     78-26   962/12.3  103-187  .551    0-0    .000   67-102  .657  64-100  164  2.1 121-2    7  54  71  20  273/3.5
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