Weight: 230 lbs.
High School: Providence Catholic in New Lenox, IL
Selected as Mr. Illinois basketball award winner in 1981 and chosen as a McDonald's All-American.
Downing led Providence Catholic to a third place finish in 1978 and eventually, a state championship in 1979 - as a junior! In ten state tournament games, he scored 184 points and grabbed 80 rebounds. However, Downing was best known as a shot-blocker. In a 1978 state quarterfinal playoff game against Ottawa Marquette, he rejected a record 12 shots.
Walter was named team co-captain for the 1985-86 season.
|.||1983-84||Did not play - Transfer season|
- 6th, Blocked Shots (103)
- 7th, Blocked Shots (63)
- 2nd, Blocked Shots (tied with six others), 8 vs. North Carolina (January 19, 1986)
- 5th (tie), Blocked Shots (40)
- 6th, Blocked Shots (40)
Selected by Los Angeles Lakers in 6th round (#138 pick overall) of 1986 NBA Draft.
As of 2006 Walter was an English teacher and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Hinsdale (IL) South.