Walter Downing #13

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Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'9”
Weight: 230 lbs.
Born:
Hometown: Cresthill
High School: Providence Catholic in New Lenox, IL

High School Career

Downing during his Providence Catholic days 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.



Collegiate Career

Walter was named team co-captain for the 1985-86 season.

school season G MIN Avg FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% REB Avg AST STL BLK TO PF PTS PPG
DePaul 1981-82 28 485 17.3 54-119 .454 24- 42 .571 92 3.3 23 15 49 18 67 132 4.7
DePaul 1982-83 33 534 16.2 77-161 .478 36- 53 .679 102 3.1 11 9 56 .. 77 190 5.8
. 1983-84 Did not play - Transfer season
Marquette 1984-85 23 470 20.4 78-146 .534 29- 58 .500 80 3.5 9 10 40 26 68 185 8.0
Marquette 1985-86 30 609 20.3 92-172 .535 29- 59 .492 108 3.6 8 11 63 27 95 213 7.1
Marquette TOTALS 53 1079 20.4 170-318 .535 58-117 .496 188 3.5 17 21 103 53 163 398 7.5

All-Time Marquette Rankings

  • 6th, Blocked Shots (103)

All-Time Single Season Rankings

  • 7th, Blocked Shots (63)

All-Time Single Game Rankings

  • 2nd, Blocked Shots (tied with six others), 8 vs. North Carolina (January 19, 1986)
All-Time Senior Season Rankings
  • 5th (tie), Blocked Shots (40)
All-Time Junior Season Rankings
  • 6th, Blocked Shots (40)

Professional Career

Selected by Los Angeles Lakers in 6th round (#138 pick overall) of 1986 NBA Draft.

Life after basketball

As of 2006 Walter was an English teacher and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Hinsdale (IL) South.


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