ESPN’s SEC Network is bringing in a former Kentucky Wildcat and NCAA National Champion. The network has announced the hiring of Antoine Walker as a studio analyst for the 2016-17 season. The former NBA player and college basketball star will make his on-air debut on college basketball’s opening night, November 11th. Walker will contribute to the network’s news and information show, SEC Now, alongside analyst Dane Bradshaw.
“Antoine has reached the pinnacle of basketball achievement at both the collegiate and professional level. His unique perspective and knowledge of both the conference and the sport will be an excellent addition to our SEC Now show,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Tom McCollum.
Walker won the 1996 NCAA National Championship with the Kentucky Wildcats as a freshman under then Head Coach Rick Pitino. He was also named the SEC Tournament MVP that same season. He went on to be drafted by the Boston Celtics as the sixth pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
While in the NBA he was an NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997) and a three-time NBA All-Star (1998, 2002, 2003). In 2006 he won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.
The highly-decorated NCAA and NBA athlete will provide expert analysis as both a collegiate and professional standout in the sport of men’s basketball. He will contribute his expertise in-studio on Fridays and Saturdays during conference season play.
Walker joins a roster of returning basketball commentators that includes: Dane Bradshaw, Barry Booker, Tony Delk, Daymeon Fishback, Kyle Macy, Jarvis Hayes, Pat Bradley and Jon Sundvold. Play-by-play veterans Adam Amin, Richard Cross, Tom Hart, Mike Morgan and Dave Neal also return.