Kentucky fans will see a familiar face on SEC Network this season.
The ESPN network has hired former Kentucky player and national champion Antoine Walker as a studio analyst for the 2016-17 season.
“Antoine has reached the pinnacle of basketball achievement at both the collegiate and professional level,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Tom McCollum in a statement. His unique perspective and knowledge of both the conference and the sport will be an excellent addition to our SEC Now show.”
Walker was part of the Wildcats’ 1996 National Championship as a freshman under then-head coach Rick Pitino. He was also named SEC Tournament MVP that season.
The Boston Celtics selected Walker with the No. 6 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
He went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA, while splitting time between Boston, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami — where he won an NBA Championship.
Walker will make his on-air debut Nov. 11, and will be in-studio for SEC Now, alongside analyst Dane Bradshaw.