Kenny "Sky" Walker
"Wildcat Legend" print
by David Blondell
Kenny "Sky" Walker was one of the most exciting players to ever wear a jersey at the University of Kentucky. Kenny came to Kentucky from Roberta, Georgia after being voted Mr. Basketball, a Parade and McDonald's All American in 1982. He played for UK from 1982 - 1986 and ended up being the second leading scorer in UK mens basketball history with 2080 points. Kenny is one of only three players to ever score over 2000 points along side Dan Issel and Jack "Goose" Givens. He was a two time All American and SEC Player of the Year in 1985 & 1986. He ended his UK career as the leader in career free throw attempts (733) and made free throws (550). The only way to stop "Sky" from scoring was to foul him. Kenny was a member of the 1984 Final Four team along side Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin. Kenny's incredible athleticism and offensive prowess made him one of UK's All Time Favorites! Kenny was drafted #5 overall by the New York Knicks and went on to have a successful NBA career until injuries cut his career short. Kenny won the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Championship in 1989!
Walker's #34 jersey is offically retired and hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena. Kenny was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame with its inaugural class in 2005. Walker still resides in Lexington and can be seen at games and other UK events. He can also be heard providing commentary on the Kentucky basketball program on the radio.
This print will be released and hand signed by Kenny "Sky" Walker at our gallery on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Don't miss your chance to get this awesome UK collectible, order today to ensure you get one! 11 x 17 giclee print is limited to 500.
Kentucky Career Notes:
Retired Jersey #34
1982-83: All-SEC [Third Team (AP)]
1983-84: All-SEC [First Team (Coaches) Second Team (AP) Third Team (UPI)]
1984-85: All-American [Consensus (2nd), AP (2nd), UPI (2nd), NABC (2nd), USBWA (2nd), Basketball Times (2nd), Wooden (1st)]; All- NCAA Regional Team; SEC Player of the Year [Associated Press & United Press International] ; All-SEC [First Team (AP, UPI & Coaches)]
1985-86: All-American [Consensus (1st), AP (1st), UPI (1st), NABC (1st), USBWA (1st), Sporting News (2nd), Basketball Times (1st), Wooden (1st)]; All- NCAA Regional Team; SEC Player of the Year [Associated Press & United Press International] ; All-SEC [First Team (AP, UPI & Coaches)]
Post-UK Career Notes:
State of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
Drafted #5 Overall in the 1st Round of the 1986 NBA Draft by New York
Professional Basketball Statistics [External Link]