NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Former Stephen F. Austin State University men's basketball star Thomas Walkup confirmed Friday that he has been selected to the NBA Summer League roster of the NBA's reigning Western Conference champions, the Golden State Warriors.
According to a press release from SFA, Walkup, a Pasadena native, is set to join at least eight other players who make up the Warriors' Summer League roster in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 11-day event, which boasts the "best up-and-coming NBA talent."
"I'm pumped about this opportunity," Walkup said. "Last night during the NBA Draft things got a little crazy since some offers were constantly changing depending on who got picked up where, so while it was a little stressful it turned out to be the good kind of stress."
Walkup said in the press release that after the NBA draft wrapped up recently, he had several different options available to him. However, he said he tried to do what he thought was best for him and his future.
"A two-time AP Honorable Mention All-American, Walkup averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game during his final season with Stephen F. Austin that saw the Lumberjacks roll to a 28-6 record which included a perfect 18-0 mark in Southland Conference play," the press release stated.
Walkup, who was also a two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year and Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year, led the Lumberjacks to stunning upset victory over West Virginia in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the press release stated.
"With guaranteed NBA Summer League contests against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers already lined up for the Warriors, Walkup will have the opportunity to test his skills against the first and second picks of the 2016 NBA Draft," the press release stated.
According to the press release, only eight SFA men's basketball players in the history of the program have been drafted in the NBA. If Walkup eventually lands a spot on a regular NBA team's lineup, he would be the ninth.
"The Golden State Warriors are a great organization," Walkup said in the press release. "I had my workout with them the day following their game seven loss to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but that didn't allow it to affect their workout process. That says a lot about their structure and mindset as a group. From the way that team plays, you can tell how their guys love playing for each other and the selflessness that's on that squad."