LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Campers in attendance at this year’s Laurel County Elementary Basketball Camp got a special treat during the last day of camp on Friday when former University of Kentucky and New York Knicks superstar Kenny “Sky” Walker made a special appearance to address the group.
This was the second year in a row that Walker talked to the campers.
Walker told the young campers that if they have a love for the sport, they need to work on their skills and do what their coaches ask them to do.
“How many of you want to play professionally in the WNBA or NBA one day,” Walker asked as several hands shot into the air. “Then you need to work on your skills everyday. You have to have a love for the sport and do what your coaches tell you to do.”
After a successful career at UK (where he was named to the All-SEC team four times and the All-American team twice), Walker was drafted by the New York Knicks, where he played from 1986-1991. He won the 1989 Slam Dunk Contest.
Knee injuries forced him to play overseas but he returned to play two years in the NBA with the Washington Bullets before playing one year in Japan and then retiring.
He was drafted in the first round by the Knicks fifth overall. He averaged seven points and four rebounds during his NBA career.
The native of Roberta, Georgia, was named Georgia’s Mr. Basketball in 1982.
While at UK, he scored 2,080. The university also retired his No. 34 jersey, one of only 36 former Wildcats to receive this honor.
He is currently a radio host for WVLK radio in Lexington.