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Former Friars guard Walker dies of lung cancer

Updated: July 3, 2007, 9:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Providence great Jimmy Walker, the only player from a New England college to be selected with the first pick in the NBA draft, died Monday of lung cancer in Kansas City, Mo. He was 63.

In three seasons at Providence, Walker averaged 25.2 points per game and scored a total of 2,045, a school record that stood for 38 years until Ryan Gomes surpassed it in 2005.

"He was an amazing phenomenon," Jim Cox, who played with Walker in 1964, told the Providence Journal. "That ...

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