Coach Reflects on His Days as Player

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

[Knox College men’s basketball coach] Kevin Walden has seen a lot of great basketball in his time… “I started my junior and senior year in high school,” said Walden, a post player who graduated from Peoria Notre Dame High School in 1997 and went on to play for Knox College. “Those were some pretty great days for hoops in the city… It was a Who’s Who down there back then.”… Walden’s got tales from the days when hoops reigned state king in Peoria. “When I was a sophomore, Frank Williams was a freshman playing up with the Manual sophomores,” Walden recalled. “He was their tallest player, so I had to guard him.”…

The Midstate 6 Conference back in Walden’s era featured the likes of Mike Robinson, A.J. Guyton, Frankie King, Sergio [McClain], and Marcus [Griffin]. “Those guys were great players because they were great people. It was how they handled themselves that made them really impressive.”… Read more…