Nebraska basketball’s Derrick Walker returns home to Kansas City for K-State game
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska men’s basketball faces Kansas State on Saturday in a nonconference matchup at the T-Mobile Center.
The game marks a homecoming for sixth-year senior forward Derrick Walker, who is a Kansas City native.
Walker went to Rayton High School and said he has close to “30 to 40 people” coming out to cheer him on. He’s even had to bug his teammates for extra tickets to accommodate everyone coming to watch.
Walker, who transferred to Nebraska in 2019, said he’s especially excited to play the Wildcats, who never offered him.
“K-State didn’t recruit me, Mizzou didn’t recruit me, Kansas didn’t recruit me. … If I ever get a chance to play those teams, I want to kill them,” he said.
Although Walker is from Kansas City, he’s never played a collegiate game at the T-Mobile Center, formerly known as the Sprint Center.
In fact, no player on Fred Hoiberg’s squad has played in the building before, but Hoiberg has enough experience in the arena to make up for it.
“The biggest problem is going to be the change in name; I’m gonna still probably try to call it Sprint Center,” he said. “I got a lot of great memories in that building, and cutting down the nets in back-to-back years, winning Big 12 Tournament championships, is something that I’ll always remember.”
The game is at 6 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.