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Luke Walton
Luke Walton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
University

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 245

Position:
F

Birthdate:
03/28/1980

Experience:
3L

General: Quickly became an elder statesman and blossomed into an outstanding leader over his last two seasons ... An outstanding communicator ... Battled multiple ankle injuries his entire senior season, but still managed to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors ... One of only three players in Pac-10 history to tally 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists ... Finished his career as the No. 22 career scorer (1,179 points), No. 4 in assists (582), No. 8 in games played (129) and No. 9 in steals (151) and minutes played (3,514) ... Possesses a great all-around game and led all frontcourt players in the country in assists as a junior ... Enjoys making everyone around him better due to his understanding of the game ... Versatile player whose size at the wing gives the UA an advantage due to his ability to handle the ball, much like a "point-forward" ... Became even more dangerous after developing a scorer's mentality as a junior ... His 38.4 three-point field goal percentage as a senior was a career best and ranked 10th in the Pac-10 Conference ... Comes from a family that has produced its share of basketball talent ... Joined his father, Bill, in 2001 as one of only three father-son combinations to play in an NCAA Final Four.

2002-03 (Senior): Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American ... An all-NCAA West Regional selection ... Ranks fourth in school history with 582 assists ... Averaged 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the NCAA Tournament ... Named all-Pac-10 for the second consecutive season ... A preseason Associated Press first team All-America pick ... Also on the preseason and midseason Wooden and Naismith Award watch lists ... A Playboy preseason All-America pick as well ... A Wooden Award Finalist ... Named NABC first team all-District 15 ... Named Arizona tri-most valuable player in a vote of his teammates ... Closed his career with an 18-point, 10-rebound, six-assist performance vs. Kansas in the West Regional final on 3/29 ... Tallied 16 points, seven boards and a team-high eight assists vs. Notre Dame in the West Regional semifinal on 3/27 ... Collected 16 points, six boards and a season-high nine assists, including the FG that sent the game into double OT in the win over Gonzaga on 3/22 ... Scored 12 points to go with a half-dozen assists and rebounds vs. Vermont on 3/20 ... Tallied a game-high seven assists on 3/13 vs. UCLA ... Posted a team-high six assists and a season-best three steals on 3/8 vs. Oregon ... Put forth a nice 12-point, six-rebound, seven-assist effort (one TO) on 3/6 vs. Oregon State ... Registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds (nine in 2nd half) in the Pac-10 title clinching win at Stanford on 3/1 ... Hit 7-of-9 FG, including 3-of-3 treys, to tally 20 points on 2/27 at California, his second 20-point game in a row ... Put forth his best effort of the season with a season-high 23 points (9-of-17 FG), 10 rebounds and four assists on 2/22 at Arizona State ... Posted seven points, six boards and seven assists on 2/15 vs. USC ... Totaled eight points, six boards and four assists on 2/13 vs. UCLA ... Hit a season-best 8-of-9 FTs en route to 12 points and six rebounds on 2/8 at Washington State ... Scored his 1,000th career point on 2/6 at Washington in a 13-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance ... Became just the sixth player in school history to pass out 500 career assists when he posted six (one TO in 13 minutes) vs. California on 2/1 ... Tallied a season-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds on 1/30 vs. Stanford ... Recorded 11 points, four rebounds and a team-high seven assists on 1/25 at Kansas ... Scored 13 points (6-of-10 FG) to go with four boards and five assists on 1/22 vs. Arizona State ... Collected five points, five boards and five assists on 1/18 at UCLA ... Posted his first double-double of the season (12th career) with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with eight assists on 1/16 at USC ... Tallied seven points, two rebounds an assist and a steal on 1/11 vs. Washington ... Played for the first time since Dec. 30 and nine points, a season-high eight assists and two steals vs. Washington State on 1/9 ... Scored 13 of his season-high 16 points in the second half vs. Boston University on 12/30 (also had seven rebounds), but left the game with another right ankle sprain ... Returned to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 7 and totaled six points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes on 12/28 vs. Davidson ... DNP at Louisiana State on 12/21, but did participate in university commencement ceremonies as he earned his bachelor's degree in family studies ... DNP vs. Texas on 12/15 due to a right ankle sprain, his third of the season ... Tallied seven points and four assists in his homecoming at San Diego State on 12/7 ... Scored just one point, but added a game-high seven assists, four boards and two steals on 12/3 vs. Saint Louis ... Re-injured his right ankle on 11/27 vs. Northern Arizona and saw just minutes of action which marked just the seventh time in 103 career appearances that he failed to collect an assist ... Tallied 12 points, three boards, seven assists and three steals on 11/23 vs. Western Kentucky.

Summer 2002: Averaged 13.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game on Arizona's 10-game tour of Australia ... Also notched 10 blocks and a team-high 18 steals ... Tallied two double-doubles and a triple-double (25 pts./14 reb./10 ast.) in the tour finale vs. Sydney Kings on June 1 ... Arizona's leading rebounder on the defensive glass (78).

2001-02 (Junior): A tri-captain ... Named one of 10 John R. Wooden Award All-Americans ... Garnered second team All-America honors from The Sporting News and Basketball News and third team All-America kudos from Basketball Times ... The Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 22.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games ... Named one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award ... An All-Pac-10 selection ... One of the nation's top all-around players ... Named NABC first team all-District 15 and USBWA all-District 9... Had three straight 20-point games from Feb. 2-9 ... Finished the season ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.7), seventh in rebounding (7.3), first in assists (6.26), fifth in assist:turnover ratio (1.64), seventh in steals (1.61), and third in defensive rebounds per game (5.48) ... The only Pac-10 player to be ranked in the top 15 in scoring and the top 10 in rebounds, assists and steals ... Scored in double figures in 24 of 31 games played (10 20-point games) ... Had nine double-doubles this season (11 career) and one triple-double (6th in UA history/15th Pac-10) ... Named Pac-10 Conference, Sports Illustrated and Dick Vitale national Player of the Week on Jan. 21 for his efforts vs. USC and UCLA ... Had at least six assists in 15 of his last 20 games and five double-figure assist games this year ... Tallied nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists vs. Oklahoma on 3/21 in the West Regional Semifinal ... Scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including two key buckets in the last five minutes, in the NCAA Tournament Second Round win over Wyoming on 3/16 ... Posted another typical Walton performance with 11 points, seven boards and seven assists vs. UCSB on 3/14 ... Put forth a stellar performance in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game vs. USC with 23 points, four rebounds and eight assists (one TO) in 40 minutes ... Equaled a career high with 17 FG attempts (8 FGM) and finished with 20 points, five boards, six assists and four steals vs. California on 3/8 ... Hit a career-high 11 FGs (equaling a UA Pac-10 Tournament record) and finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 3/7 vs. Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals ... Came up three boards shy of his second triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds on 3/2 vs. California ... Registered 14 points (4-of-11 FT), five boards, four assists and two steals on 2/28 vs. Stanford ... Struggled from the floor (3-of-12), but managed eight points, six rebounds and 10 assists on 2/20 vs. Arizona State ... Posted his eighth double-double of the year with 19 points (8-of-8 FTs) and 10 assists at USC on 2/16 ... Totaled 17 points, eight assists and three steals on 2/14 at UCLA ... Hit 10-of-16 FG attempts en route to 26 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals on 2/9 vs. Washington State ... Equaled a season high with four steals to go with a team-high 21 points, six rebounds and four assists vs. Washington on 2/7 ... Topped 20 points for the fourth time this year at Stanford on 2/2 and added seven rebounds and six assists ... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds at California on 1/31 ... Played all 45 minutes in OT loss to Connecticut on 1/26, posting totals of 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists ... Finished with game-high totals of 26 points (career-best 10 FG), 10 rebounds and six assists on 1/23 at Arizona State ... Tallied 18 points (14 in second half), seven boards and seven assists vs. UCLA on 1/19 ... Enjoyed a career night on 1/17 vs. USC in which he collected his first career triple-double with a career-high 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to go with four blocks and four steals ... Posted game totals of six points, six rebounds and four assists on 1/12 at Washington ... Returned to the lineup on 1/10 at Washington State and responded with 15 points, a season-high 11 assists and seven rebounds ... DNP due to injury vs. Oregon State on 1/6 and Oregon on 1/4 ... Missed his first career game on 12/30 vs. Valpo with a strained right Achilles' tendon ... Tallied five points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Pepperdine on 12/28 before leaving the game with that strained right Achilles' tendon ... Collected five boards, five assists a career-high three blocks and two steals on 12/22 at Oregon ... Played all 40 minutes for the first time in his career in the win over Oregon State on 12/20, finishing with 17 points, six assists and three steals ... Posted 15 points, four boards and four assists at Michigan State on 12/15 ... Scored a team-high 17 points (8-of-12 FG), a career-high 13 rebounds and six assists in the win over Purdue on 12/8 ... Posted nine points, five boards, four assists and three steals vs. Illinois on 12/4 ... Narrowly missed a triple-double with a 20-point, 11-rebound, nine-assists effort on 12/1 vs. Kansas for his fourth career double-double ... Totaled 11 points, a game-high nine rebounds and four assists in the win over No. 23 Texas on 11/17 ... Posted a team-high five assists to go with eight rebounds and eight points in the win over No. 5 Florida on 11/9 ... Opened the year with his third career double-double, 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the win over No. 2 Maryland on 11/8 ... Earned the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic TIAA-Cref Scholar-Athlete Award.

2000-01 (Sophomore): Prototypical boxscore filler that possesses a strong all-around game ... Had 115 assists this season ... Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a 1.88 assist:turnover ratio ... One of the best defenders on the squad ... Has at least five assists in eight games this year ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 4 after averaging 13.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in home wins over Gonzaga and Saint Mary's ... Scored four points to go with three boards and four assists in National Championship game vs. Duke on 4/2 ... Posted two assists in 16 minutes in National Semifinal win over Michigan State on 3/31 ... Hampered in the Final Four by a broken thumb ... Tallied nine points (on a season-best 6-of-9 FT shooting) and three assists in the Regional Final win vs. Illinois on 3/25 ... Tallied two steals vs. Mississippi on 3/23 ... Scored eight points and topped 10 rebounds for the second time this season on 3/18 vs. Butler ... Opened the NCAA Tournament with four assists, a block and steal on 3/16 vs. Eastern Illinois ... Totaled three assists on 3/10 at California ... Tallied four points, three rebounds and two assists in the win at Stanford on 3/8 ... Eight points, five boards (all offensive) and three assists on 3/3 vs. Oregon ... Equaled a season-high with 16 points to go with five boards and four assists on 3/1 vs. Oregon State ... Registered four points, four assists and three steals on 2/21 at Arizona State ... Scored four points and added a season-high seven assists in 17 minutes at USC on 2/17 ... Had just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and had no assists on 2/15 at UCLA ... Posted six assists, five boards and four points vs. Washington State on 2/10 ... Totaled seven points, five assists and three rebounds vs. Washington on 2/8 ... Made his sixth start of the year at Oregon State on 2/3, totalling five points, five rebounds and three assists ... Grabbed four rebounds and added a season-high two blocks at Oregon on 2/1 ... Totaled five points, four boards and two assists on 1/27 vs. Texas ... Collected six points, four boards, three assists and a block on 1/24 vs. Arizona State ... Walton was key to the win over UCLA on 1/20, as he scored 11 points (5-of-7 FGs) and added four rebounds three assists and three steals ... Collected two points, two rebounds and an assist in just 12 minutes vs. USC on 1/18 ... Six points and six assists at Washington on 1/13 ... Four points and three assists vs. Washington State on 1/11 ... Another typical Walton game on 1/6 vs. Stanford: nine points (3-of-6 FG), six rebounds, four assists and three steals ... Equaled a career high with two treys to go with a game-high five assists on 1/4 vs. California ... Hit his second trey of the season to go with a pair of assists vs. Mississippi State on 12/30 ... Scored four points and added seven boards and three assists on 12/28 vs. Butler ... Tallied five assists and three boards in the win over LSU on 12/20 ... Earned the start vs. Illinois on 12/16 and responded with four points, four rebounds and five assists ... Totaled six points and five boards at Connecticut on 12/9 ... Registered his second career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with a career-high six steals and five assists after getting the start vs. Saint Mary's on 12/2 ... Hit 4-of-5 FTs, grabbed nine boards, passed out six assists and collected three steals on 11/29 vs. Gonzaga ... Equaled a career high with eight boards vs. Purdue on 11/25 and added nine points and three assists in 33 minutes ... Cliched the win over No. 8 Illinois on 11/22 with a blocked shot with one second remaining ... Collected three rebounds and three assists vs. Dayton on 11/21 ... Earned the start in the season opener vs. Chaminade and responded with six points and three assists.

1999-2000 (Redshirt Freshman): Started 19 games and finished the year averaging 5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 3.9 apg... Led the team in assists during Pac-10 play (101 assists/5.6 apg)... Played in all 34 games and averaged 25.5 minutes per game... Top assist man on the team in nine of the Cats' final 12 games... Recorded the first double-double of his career in the win over second-ranked Stanford at McKale Center... Scored 15 points to go with 12 assists... Also had five rebounds and two blocks... The 12 assists were the most ever for a UA front line player... Nine assists in the loss at Oregon... 11 games with five or more assists... Scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Arizona State in Tucson... Had a good game earlier in the season at ASU with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists... Was 7-of-9 from the field (2-3 3PT) and led all players with seven assists in a career-high 38 minutes... Netted 13 points against USC in Tucson to go with five steals and two blocks... Against Oregon State in McKale Center, had 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals... Relieved Jefferson in the first half at Stanford when the latter went down with the fractured foot... Played 32 minutes, including all 20 in the second half... Had seven assists and just two turnovers in the win over the No. 1-ranked Cardinal.

1998-99 (Freshman): Sat out the season with a medical redshirt as a result of a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot... Underwent an MRI in November of 1998, after experiencing pain and the stress fracture was revealed... Was in a hard cast for about four weeks and then a walking cast for another four... With the injury healed, began practicing towards the end of February.

High School: As a senior went for 20 ppg, 11 rpg and 6 apg and was named the Division III Player of the Year for University High School... Was also the CIF and Western League Player of the Year... A good student, he was a member of the All-Academic first team for San Diego county... Led his team to a 26-4 record as a senior, 25-5 as a junior and 28-3 as a sophomore... Team went undefeated in conference play during his three years (42-0)... Was University High School's Athlete of the Year as senior... Averaged 16 ppg, 10 rpg and six apg as a junior and was named to the San Diego Union Tribune's All-Region team... Was rated as the No. 7 player in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best of the West poll.

Walton, Luke

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 1999-00 34-19 868/25.5 65-184 .353 11-55 .200 52-73 .712 43-95 138 4.1 69-2 133 79 19 36 193/5.7 2000-01 36-6 736/20.4 74-176 .420 9-41 .220 41-61 .672 55-85 140 3.9 54-0 115 61 11 39 198/5.5 2001-02 31-31 1138/36.7 174-370 .470 17-60 .283 122-179 .682 57-170 227 7.3 61-0 194 118 19 50 487/15.7 2002-03 28-28 772/27.6 107-255 .420 28-73 .384 59-87 .678 40-117 157 5.6 56-0 142 78 7 26 301/10.8 TOTAL 129-84 3514/27.2 420-985 .426 65-229 .284 274-400 .685 195-467 662 5.1 240-2 584 336 56 151 1179/9.1


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