Luke Walton Selected in 2003 NBA Draft

June 26, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Luke Walton was selected in the 2003 NBA Draft, held Thursday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Walton, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward from San Diego, Calif., was selected with the third pick of the second round (No. 32) overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 28 games this season and earned honorable mention All-America kudos from the Associated Press. Walton led all UA players with a 1.82 assist:turnover ratio, while ranking 10th in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 38.4 three-point field goal percentage. He scored in double figures 16 times in 2002-03 and posted four double-doubles. He was an all-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season. It was the fifth time that Walton has earned All-America honors.

Walton finished his career with 1,179 points (9.1 ppg), 662 rebounds (5.1 rpg) and 582 assists (4.5 apg), while shooting 42.6 percent from the field. He ranks 22nd on the UA career scoring list, fourth in assists, tied for eighth in games played (129), and ninth in steals (151) and minutes played (3,514). Walton is one of only three players in Pac-10 history to total more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career.

In his 30-year coaching career, Lute Olson has now produced 46 NBA Draft picks, including 27 at Arizona.

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