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WALTERS PUMPED FOR NEXT SEASON

July 24, 1996

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The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Georgetown's Allen Iverson to run the show at point guard.

On Tuesday, they signed Lucious Harris to come off the bench and spell the backcourt duo of Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse.

It makes one wonder if Philly management is forgetting about former Kansas guard Rex Walters, who still has three years left on a six-year contract.

"The point guard everybody is talking about is Allen Iverson. Nobody knows about Rex Walters," Walters said Tuesday at Roy Williams' basketball camp at Allen Fieldhouse. "I look forward to playing against him, I really do."

Walters played both point guard and off guard for the Sixers last season. The 6-foot-4 native of San Jose, Calif., living in Lawrence during the offseason, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 assists in 44 games with Philly a year ago.

"I look forward to next year. We have a new coach (Johnny Davis) and a new arena. I feel I can play a lot of minutes," Walters said.

To that end, he'll be traveling to San Francisco in August to work with the personal trainer of 49ers' receiver Jerry Rice.

"He says he'll get me in the best shape of my life. I'll go out there and see if this guy is for real," Walters said.

Walters remains confident entering his fourth full year in the NBA.

"I get to kick his butt every day in practice. Then he gets to play in the games," Walters said, when a camper asked him about Stackhouse, a second-year off guard from North Carolina.

Asked by another what happens when he plays KU's Jacque Vaughn one-on-one, Walters quipped: "Ask Jacque what happens. He's 6-foot. I'm 6-4. I'm too big and quick for him," Walters said with a smile.

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