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Former UCLA great Bill Walton inks book deal

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Former UCLA great and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton has signed a book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to write a memoir that chronicles his basketball career, his personal struggles, and his recovery from injury, the Associated Press is reporting.

Tentatively titled “Back From the Dead,” Walton’s book is co-authored by John Papanek, who has worked at ESPN and Sports Illustrated, among other outlets.

During his time with UCLA, Walton averaged 20.3 points and 15.7 rebounds, earning First Team All-American honors three times. He went on to be drafted into the NBA, where he averaged 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Walton has revitalized his career as a broadcaster, most recently signing a deal with the Pac-12 Conference to broadcast basketball games on its newly formed network. He previously was a color commentator for NBC’s coverage of the NBA, as well as for the Los Angeles Clippers, and ESPN.

The financial details of the book deal were not disclosed, but it is due to hit shelves next fall.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.