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Full Name: Luke Theodore Walton
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m)/ 245 (111.1 kg)
Birthdate: March 28, 1980 (San Diego, Calif.)
High School: University HS (San Diego, Calif.)
College: Arizona

NBA DRAFT 2003
Selected in the second round (32nd overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers


Arizona
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1999-003419651843535273.71213813136211935.7
2000-0136674176.4204161.67214011539111985.5
2001-023131174370.470122179.682227194501948715.7
2002-032828107255.4205987.67815714226730110.8
Totals12984420985.426274400.6856625821515811799.1
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 11-for-55 (.200); 2000-01, 9-for-41 (.220); 2001-02, 17-for-60 (.283); 2002-03, 28-for-73 (.384). Totals: 65-for-229 (.284).

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP following junior and senior seasons. Also garnered All-Pac-10 Conference recognition both seasons. Ranks fourth in school history with 582 assists. One of three players in Pac-10 history to total 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, joining former NBA players Ron Lee (Oregon) and Pooh Richardson (UCLA). During four-year career, Arizona won 102 of his 129 (.791) games played. He sat out the 1998-99 season as a medical redshirt due to a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot.

Senior (2002-03): Missed four games with an ankle sprain and was limited in several others. Averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Scored a season-high 23 points, adding 10 rebounds and four assists, in win at Arizona State. Posted NCAA Tournament averages of 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in four games. In season-ending loss to Kansas in NCAA Elite Eight, tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. In NCAA second round win over Gonzaga, contributed 16 points, season-high nine assists and six rebounds.

Junior (2001-02): Averaged 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in most complete collegiate season. Garnered Second Team All-America honors from The Sporting News and Basketball News and Third Team All-America kudos from Basketball Times. Named Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 22.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games. Became first frontcourt player to lead Pac-10 in assists. The only Pac-10 player to be ranked in the top 15 in scoring and the top 10 in rebounds, assists and steals. Had at least six assists in 15 of his last 20 games and five double-figure assist games. In the Pac-10 Tournament championship game vs. USC recorded 23 points and eight assists.

Sophomore (2000-01): Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a 1.88 assist-to-turnover ratio. Had at least five assists in eight games. Averaged 4.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Freshman (1999-00): Averaged 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Led the team in assists during Pac-10 play (5.6 apg). Top assist man on the team in nine of the teamís final 12 games.

Strengths: Has a prescient ability to see and make the right pass. Improved shooter as a fifth-year senior.

Personal: Son of Hall of Famer and Top 50 player Bill Walton. Brothers Nate and Adam played basketball at Princeton and Cal Poly-Pomona, respectively. Younger brother Chris plays at San Diego State. Earned bachelorís degree in family studies.