Tuesday, July 26, 2005
TUSCALOOSA – Former Crimson Tide forward/center Kenny Walker scored 34 points and had 11 rebounds in a semifinal to help lead the Play2Win-Delta Jammers to the agent league championship at the prestigious Southern California Pro League.
Based in Long Beach, Calif., the SPL includes both NBA and agent teams like Walker’s Play2Win team which went a perfect 8-0 in its play. Alabama’s Kennedy Winston was among those on NBA summer league rosters there. He played for the Memphis Grizzlies which finished 6-1 in the SPL.
Walker, who graduated from Alabama in 2003 with a communications degree to cap his senior playing season, was a starter all four seasons for the Crimson Tide, including its 2002 Southeastern Conference champion team. The Jacksonville, Fla., native has had a successful past year in professional basketball overseas. Walker was named all-league and an all-star in Sweden then went to Kosovo where he was named MVP for leading his team to the championship.
Two former Alabama stars made NBA summer league rosters, including Winston and 2002 SEC Player of the Year, Erwin Dudley. Dudley has been playing for the LA Clippers this summer after playing in Israel this past season. The Uniontown native who graduated from Alabama in May 2003 following his senior season, averaged 8.0 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Clippers, shooting 52.2% from the field. The Clippers played in the Reebok Summer League in Las Vegas, an all-NBA league, and went 2-3 in play there. Sixteen NBA teams competed in the Las Vegas league, and Dudley finished eighth in rebounding in the league’s individual stats with his 6.8 boards a game.
Winston, who left Alabama following his junior season in 2005, played in all seven games for the Grizzlies, getting the starting nod at forward in one of those games. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.