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Walker Available for Pre-Scrimmage Autographs
Release: Wednesday 09/19/2013 


PEORIA, Ill. – The first 2,000 fans attending Bradley Basketball’s annual Red-White Scrimmage Oct. 18 at Renaissance Coliseum will receive commemorative Chet “The Jet” Walker mini-posters and the Bradley legend will be available for autographs prior to the event’s tipoff, the latest developments in the Basketball Hall-of-Famer’s return to The Hilltop for Homecoming weekend.

Walker will be inducted into the Bradley University Centurion Society during the school’s annual Founders Day ceremonies Oct. 18. Later that night, he will be an honored guest for the men’s and women’s basketball Red-White Scrimmage at Renaissance Coliseum.

Tickets for the Red-White Scrimmage are $5 and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a mini-poster commemorating Walker’s all-star playing career at Bradley and the NBA. Renaissance Coliseum doors will open at 7 p.m. and Walker will be available for autographs until the event tips off at 8 o’clock.

Walker starred at Bradley from 1959-62, leading the Braves to the 1960 National Invitation Tournament championship and a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season co-title in 1962. One of seven players in program history to have his uniform number (31) retired, Walker remains the only two-time, consensus All-American in Bradley Basketball history. He finished his collegiate career as Bradley’s all-time leading scorer and his 1,975 points in three varsity seasons (freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition at the time) remain the fourth-best total in program history. His 54 career point-rebound double-doubles also remain the most in Bradley Basketball history and he is joined by Dick Estergard as the only two Braves to score at least 1,000 career points and grab at least 1,000 career rebounds.

Following his Bradley career, Walker was the 12th overall selection in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals and he played 13 NBA seasons with Syracuse, Philadelphia and Chicago. A seven-time NBA All-Star, he was a member of the NBA world champion 1967 Philadelphia 76ers team, considered to be one of the best teams in league history. Walker played in 1,032 regular-season NBA games, scoring 18,831 points (18.2 ppg) and snaring 7,314 rebounds (7.1 rpg). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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