UL’s Walker Now SoCal Youth Hoops Coach
Former Louisville power forward Samaki Walker averaged just 5.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG over the course of ten uneventful NBA seasons. In fact, his career highlight might be the all-white suit and top hat he was wearing when the Dallas Mavericks made him the ninth overall pick of the 1996 draft.
Since retiring from pro basketball in 2011 - he spent time in the IBL, Russia, Syria, Lebanon, China and South Korea following his final NBA season in 2005-2006 with the Indiana Pacers - Walker has settled down in Southern California, where he works as a youth basketball coach and motivational speaker.
Walker spent two seasons with the Cardinals (1994-1996), averaging 14.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 2.4 BPG and providing a solid interior presence for a team that reached the 1996 Sweet Sixteen. His draft day outfit will be a tough one to top for any of this year’s prospects.