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Recognized as one of the top all-around basketball players to wear the brown and orange, Rich Walker was a three year starter, beginning with the 1968-69 season. He finished his career with 1,167 points, good for ninth on the all-time scoring list at the time of his graduation.

The Inkster, Michigan native started 23 of 24 games as a sophomore, finishing fourth on the team with an 11.8 points per game average. He scored a career high 39 points against Ball State as a junior, on his way to finishing 10th in the MAC in scoring average at 16.5 ppg. He scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games as a junior for the Falcons.

Walker earned second team All-MAC honorsas a senior, leading the team with a 20.1 points per game average, ranking fourth in the conference. Named the team MVP, Walker scored 20 or more points 14 times in his senior season.

A ninth round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a sixth round selection of the ABA's Indiana Pacers in 1971, Walker was among the final cuts in the Pacers' camp.

After a year spent teaching and coaching in his hometown, Walker returned to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant under head coach Pat Haley, before moving on as an assistant coach under Eldon Miller at Western Michigan and being named head coach at Elmhurst College and later Florida International. In the spring of 1990, he joined Tom Davis' staff at Iowa, helping the Hawkeyes to three straight NCAA Tournament berths, and Walker being considered as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. In 2004, Walker was named Director of Basketball Operations at Iowa.

(Information on this page courtesy the BGSU Sports Information office, appearing in the September 17, 1994 BG Football game program.)

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