A younger brother of former Kentucky standout Antoine Walker will be a walk-on player this season. That's younger brother, not a mini me, Jarvis Walker made clear.
For instance, the younger Walker does not plan to do a shimmy dance after making a shot as his older brother did for UK in the mid-1990s.
"I did it one game my senior year of high school," Jarvis said at UK's Media Day on Wednesday. "I'm not going to do it here, though. I'll probably make up my own dance."
Jarvis is a 6-foot-4 player. He came to UK after attending John A. Logan Community College, where he averaged 15.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season. He'll have two seasons of eligibility.
Of course, Antoine was an all-purpose 6-8 forward.
When asked to compare his game to his older brother's, Jarvis said, "I don't see any similarities."
Then flashing a sly wit, Jarvis added, "People might say he might be better because he's in the NBA."Antoine, a quick-trigger three-point shooter, is playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I can shoot my share of threes," Jarvis said before adding, "I'm not going to hit as many."
Jarvis, who will wear No. 20 (Antoine wore No. 24), remembers his brother playing for Kentucky. He attended the 1996 championship game victory over Syracuse.
His path to UK started when someone saw him playing in an open-gym atmosphere this summer, Jarvis said.
"It's been kind of crazy because everybody is probably expecting me to be like him," Jarvis said of Antoine. "But I'm different. So I'm going to help the team win games anyway they want me to. Defend. Rebound. Dribble. Anything they want me to do."
For the player interviews on Media Day, UK spaced director's chairs on the four walls of the Craft Center's men's gym.
On one wall was a smaller stool. The name plate for the stool on the wall read "Reserved for Mr. Wildcat."
That was a reference to Bill Keightley, who died earlier this year after working in UK basketball's equipment room since 1962.
On the stool was a note. Someone had written in ink, "Mr. Keightley's chair. Please do not move or sit on it. Thank you. — Managers."
Billy likes UK
This time a year ago, Billy Gillispie was about to begin his first season as UK coach. He said he'd need to be on the job for a year before having a good feel for the position.
And now that he's been UK's coach for one year, Gillispie said the "interest and passion" make the program distinctive.
"Fans, media, players, the passion and interest is great," he said. "It's great not six months year. Not four months a year. It's 365 days a year. That's the way I've always liked to live. It means so much to so many. That's the greatest thing about it. I love that."
UK Coach Billy Gillispie gave a thumbs up for the "boot camp" conditioning.
He said the intense practices were designed to grab the holdover players' attention. Knowing boot camp will come each pre-season, the players have an incentive to stay in top shape.
Tickets for the first three games (Missouri-St. Louis, Ouachita Baptist and VMI) go on sale next Wednesday.
Tickets can be purchased at the UK Ticket Office or by phone (800) 928-2287, as well as at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, fans can visit www.ukathletics.com/tickets.