SFA Head Basketball Coach Kyle Keller is making sure the campers at his 2018 camps are getting their money's worth.
Everyday campers are able to interact with current SFA players. In the last two weeks they have also gotten to meet some top notch talent. Last week, current Dallas Maverick Jalen Jones stopped by to catch up with the campers. Today, the university welcomed back Thomas Walkup. Walkup was part of three SFA teams that went to the NCAA Tournament. In his senior season, SFA was able to knock off West Virginia in their opening game.
Walkup is known for being one of the best Lumberjacks to play in the school's history but the always humble Walkup told the campers that it did not start off that way.
"I only had one division I offer," Walkup said. "That was SFA. I had Houston Baptist also looking at me but they were not Division I yet. When I fist came here I only averaged 4 points a game. After my freshman year I worked hard. When I was a senior, I averaged 18 points."
Walkup took the time to answer questions for the local kids. He was asked everything from his college days to if he got to play with Steph Curry when he was on the Golden State Summer League team.
Walkup is in the states for several weeks before he heads back to Europe for his professional basketball career.
"I love coming back to Nacogdoches," Walkup said. "My roots are dug deep into the program so just to be back, be part of the program and see the guys [is great]," Walkup said. "i get to see my second and third family which are in Nacogdoches. This place is always going to be special."
Thomas played this past season in Germany with MPH Risen. They team was one of the top teams in the German Professional League as well as in the CBL across Europe. Even with the time difference, he was able to keep up with the 'Jacks.
"Going to the NCAA tournament is a deserved success for those guys that put their time in and their work in," Walkup said. "Especially for Ty and the other seniors. It is special to go out playing in an NCAA Tournament. A lot of guys take it for granted because a lot of mid major players never get that opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. "
KTRE will air more of our interview with Walkup on Tuesday June 26.
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