Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
No. 8 seed Illini to Face No. 9 Seed Minnesota on Thursday, March 14 at 11 am CT
Illini close regular season looking for season sweep of Buckeyes
Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Photos from the Illinois vs. Indiana game on Feb. 7, 2013
Photos from the Illini's home game vs. Norfolk State on Dec. 11, 2012.
Photos from Men's Basketball's Orange and Blue Scrimmage on Oct. 22, 2012, at Assembly Hall. (photos by Cary Frye)
Jamall Walker is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini. He was hired in April 2012 to coach John Groce's first staff at Illinois.
Walker was part of Groce's original Ohio University staff during the 2009 season. After serving as Director of Basketball Operations for Sean Miller at Arizona in 2010, Walker returned to Athens to assist Groce from 2011-12. His specialty is working with guards, and Walker mentored one of the best in the nation in OU's D.J. Cooper, a two-time first-team All-MAC selection and 2012 MAC Tournament MVP.
Before arriving at Ohio, Walker spent one year as an assistant coach at Murray State in 2008, preceded by a one-year stint as an assistant at St. Louis in 2007.
Walker entered the Division I coaching ranks at Ball State, where he was an assistant and recruiting coordinator for two years from 2005-06. During his time in Muncie, Walker played a key role in recruiting Chicagoland guard Maurice Acker, the 2006 MAC Freshman of the Year.
Prior to Ball State, Walker spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. While there he helped lead Redlands to a runner-up finish in the 2004 NJCAA DI tournament.
Walker's coaching career began as a varsity assistant at Alton (Ill.) high school during the 2000 season before serving in the same position at F.L. Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan., from 2001-02.
Walker played point guard at Saint Louis for four years from 1996-99, helping lead the Billikens to the NCAA Tournament in 1998. He earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team recognition in 1996 and ranks seventh in St. Louis school history with 350 career assists.
Walker graduated from St. Louis in 2000 with a degree in secondary education. He has a daughter, JaShawn, and he and his wife, Rebekah, have a son, Braylon.
THE WALKER FILEBorn: Aug. 7, 1977
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
Family: Wife, Rebekah; Daughter, JaShawn; Son, Braylon
Education: St. Louis University, B.S., secondary education, 2000
Playing Experience: 1996-99 St. Louis University
Walker Coaching Experience