A Look Ahead: Kirk Walters

Can Kirk Walters finally live up to the promise he had when he got to Tucson five years ago or will injuries and illness make him a ‘coulda been'? The big man, after finally getting a redshirt, hopes to go out in style.

Last Year: It was a lost year for Kirk Walters. He suffered a concussion early in the preseason and then got mono after the season started. He played just three minutes all year and was granted a medical redshirt.

Needs To Improve: First and foremost, he has to get his endurance back. Nearly 10 months later he's still trying to improve his conditioning.

Other than that Walters can stand to improve just about every aspect of his game. He has been working on his face-up game and would like to add that to a post game that had shown flashes last fall.

Walters has always been a decent rebounder and shot blocker, but needs to be better at both. He also has to improve his footwork to be a solid defender.

Best Case Scenario: Walters gets healthy, wins the starting center job and gives the Wildcats a solid 25 minutes a night. He becomes the shot blocker and rebounder the Wildcats need, allowing them to free up Jordan Hill.

Worst Case Scenario: His endurance is an issue all season long and he winds up being a spot player. A lack of practice keeps him from developing his game further and he makes no real impact.

Most Likely Scenario: Health will be an issue, but not enough to ruin his season. Expect Walters to play a lot some games and hardly get off the bench others. Lute has really used his big men differently game to game in recent years and Walters could be a candidate for his king of shuffling. Odds are he starts at least 10 games, but probably won't start every one.

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