Rex Walters
Personal information
Born (1970-03-12) March 12, 1970 (age 51)
Omaha, Nebraska
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolIndependence
(San Jose, California)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1993–2003
PositionShooting guard
Number2, 3, 23
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
19931995New Jersey Nets
19951998Philadelphia 76ers
19982000Miami Heat
2000Baloncesto León
2000–2001Kansas City Knights
2001–2002CB Gran Canaria
2002–2003Kansas City Knights
As coach:
2003–2005Valparaiso (assistant)
2005–2006Florida Atlantic (assistant)
2006–2008Florida Atlantic
2008–2016San Francisco
2016–2017Grand Rapids Drive
2017–2018Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2018–2019Nevada (special assistant)
2019–2020Wake Forest (assistant)
2020–2021New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

  • WCC Coach of the Year (2014)
Career NBA statistics
Points1,547 (4.6 ppg)
Rebounds403 (1.2 rpg)
Assists569 (1.7 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at

Rex Andrew Walters (born March 12, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who last served as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1][2] Previously, he was the Associate Head Coach[3] at Wake Forest University under Danny Manning. Prior to Wake Forest, he spent time at Nevada[4] under Eric Musselman. He has made head coaching stops with the Grand Rapid Drive[5] (NBA G-League), the University of San Francisco and Florida Atlantic University. Walters pedigree for coaching began as a player, receiving tutelage from some of the game legendary coaches.[6] Roy Williams at the University of Kansas and the NBA's Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Pat Riley all mentored Walters during his years as a player. Walters played college basketball at Northwestern and Kansas. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Kansas. After Kansas, he played professionally for ten years, including seven seasons in the NBA from 1993 to 2000. Walters has been active on Apple Podcasts hosting his own show Real Talk Basketball with Rex Walters.[7]


Born in Omaha, Nebraska on March 12, 1970, Walters played high school basketball at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California, but graduated from Independence High School in San Jose, California.[8] Walters is biracial; his mother is Japanese and his father is white.[9] In an interview with Rick Quan, Rex Walters responded to the question of feeling that he was a pioneer for Asian Americans. He responded: "I consider myself Japanese-American. I just don't look it. People are always surprised. Now we got a guy like Jeremy Lin breaking barriers, I'd like to think I played a small part in that". He later added, "People ask me who I am? What I am? I am a Japanese-American, I take great pride in that."[10] Walters is known as a hard working, selfless person with a great passion to motivate and lead others. Walters daughter, Addison Walters is currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves staff serving as a Video Associate.[11]

Playing career (College)

(1988-1990) Walters played at Northwestern University (1988-1990) and was All Big 10 honorable mention leading the team in scoring (17.6PPG, 3FG% - 47.3%, FT% - 79.4%, 125 assists).[12]

(1990-1993) In 1990, he transferred to Kansas, playing two seasons. In 68 starts under Roy Williams, he averaged 15.6 points per game, leading the Jayhawks in scoring during both his junior and senior campaigns. KU combined to go 56-12 overall in 1991-92 and 1992–93, winning back-to-back Big Eight titles and reaching the 1993 Final Four. Walters was named to the All-Big Eight team both seasons and was Big Eight Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1993. As a junior, Walters averaged 16.0 points per game as the Jayhawks went 27–5. In his senior season, KU had a record of 29–7, with Walters scoring at a clip of 15.3 points per game.

Walters was an outstanding scorer from all areas of the court at Kansas, shooting nearly 51% from the field, 42% from three-point range and 85% at the free throw line. His college career originally began at Northwestern University, where he earned honorable mention from the Big 10 in 1989-90 after leading the team in scoring (17.6 ppg), three-point shooting (47.3%), free throw shooting (79.4%) and assists (125) as a sophomore. The 6'4" (1.93 m) shooting guard was selected by the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets with the 16th pick in the 1993 NBA draft.

Playing career (Professional)

Walters’ professional playing career spanned 10 seasons, including seven seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets (1993–95), Philadelphia 76ers (1995-98) and Miami Heat (1998-2000). He also had stints with Baloncesto Leon (2000), the Kansas City Knights (2000–01; 2002–03) and CB Gran Canaria (2001-02).

The New Jersey Nets selected Walters with the 16th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Walters led the team in field goal percentage (.522) and hit 14 of 28 three-point attempts. His role expanded in 1994-95 and his statistics improved in nearly every category.

In 1995–96, Walters was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers and started the last eight games of the season. He played in 59 games for Philadelphia in 1996–97, making 16 starts behind Allen Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse. He led the team in three-point shooting with a .384 mark while averaging 6.8 points a game. He played in 38 games in 1997–98, splitting the season between Philadelphia and Miami, which signed him after he was waived by the Sixers in January of ’98. He appeared in 33 games (13 starts) for the Heat in 1998-99 and averaged 3.1 points a game.[6] After leaving the NBA, Walters played for León and Gran Canaria in Spain.[13] In addition to his playing career, Walters had a minor role in the 1994 film Blue Chips starring Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal.

Coaching career

(2002-2003) Blue Valley NW High School, Assistant Coach, winning the Kansas Class 6A State Tournament.

(2003-2005) Valparaiso University, Assistant Coach accomplishing much with head coach Homer Drew. The Crusaders were the Mid Continent Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions (2004) advancing to the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Walters was ranked the 20th best assistant basketball coach in the country at the mid-major level by The Hoop Scoop online in 2005.[14][15]

(2006-2008) Florida Atlantic University, Head Coach. Walters was named the sixth head men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University on April 28, 2006. The promotion from associate head coach came after one season of working side by side with Matt Doherty in laying a foundation for college basketball in Boca Raton. Walters was a success in Boca Raton, FL. In 2007, the Owls scored 2,321 points on the year, the most in FAU history. DeAndre Rice and Carlos Monroe were named Second Team All-Sun Belt, the first student-athletes honored with a major postseason distinction. 2008 was the first time the FAU program posted back-to-back winning campaigns. Walters and his staff graduated 7 of 8 players (88%) with 1 player signing a pro contract as a senior.[6][16]

(2008-2016) The University of San Francisco, Head Coach. April 15, 2008 Walters was hired [17] to replace Eddie Sutton who was hired to replace Jesse Evans.[18] In eight seasons on the Hilltop, Walters guided the Dons to three postseason appearances (2011 - Tournament , 2012 - College Basketball Invitational , 2014 - National Invitational Tournament), a pair of 20-win seasons and two wins over top-25 teams. The Dons postseason play marked the program's most consistent postseason run in 30 years. A total of 17 USF players earned West Coast Conference honors, including eight first-team selections. Ten of his 13 recruited players have earned their undergraduate degrees while 19 signed professional contracts. The 2013–14 season with 21 victories marked the Dons’ highest win total since the 1981-82 team posted a 25–6 record while their 13 conference victories were the most since the 1976-77 team went 14–0 in league play while spending most of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Dons won 10 of their last 14 games, including a six-game winning streak which ended with an overtime loss in the semifinals of the WCC Championships. Cole Dickerson earned first team all-conference honors for a second straight season while Avry Holmes and Kruize Pinkins were honorable mention selections. Under Walters’ tutelage, Dickerson graduated as the school's 19th all-time leading scorer (1,252) and its 11th all-time leading rebounder (748). For his efforts, Walters was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, becoming the first USF coach to win the award since Pete Barry in 1980–81. During Walters last 5 seasons win total, three victories were over perennial conference power Gonzaga. Walters’ “Hard, Smart and Together” brand of basketball resulted in three of the top single-season scoring marks in school history, including an outburst of 2,536 points in 2011–12, a total that ranks third all-time.[16]

(2016-2017) On June 29, 2016, Walters was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive.[19] Two players were called up to the Detroit Pistons during his time, Jordan Crawford and Ray McCallum.

(2017-2018) On July 1, 2017, Walters was named an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.[20] Working for Stan Van Gundy the Detroit Pistons had a defensive rating of 10th in the NBA.[21]

(2018-2019) Walters was hired by Eric Musselman as Special Assistant to the head coach at Nevada. The Wolf Pack were pre-season #5 in the nation, Mountain West Conference Champions and a 7 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

(2019-2020) Walters joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2019 as an Associate Head Coach under Danny Manning.[3]

(2020-2021) On November 16, 2020, Walters was hired as assistant coach by the New Orleans Pelicans.[22]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida Atlantic Owls (Sun Belt Conference) (2006–2008)
2006–07 Florida Atlantic 16–15 10–8 3rd (East)
2007–08 Florida Atlantic 15–18 8–10 4th (East)
Florida Atlantic: 31–33 (.484) 18–18 (.500)
San Francisco Dons (West Coast Conference) (2008–2016)
2008–09 San Francisco 11–19 3–11 7th
2009–10 San Francisco 12–18 7–7 T–4th
2010–11 San Francisco 19–15 10–4 3rd CIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 San Francisco 20–14 8–8 5th CBI First Round
2012–13 San Francisco 14–15 7–9 5th
2013–14 San Francisco 21–12 13–5 2nd NIT First Round
2014–15 San Francisco 14–18 7–11 6th
2015–16 San Francisco 15–15 8–10 5th
San Francisco: 126–125 (.502) 63–65 (.492)
Total: 157–158 (.498)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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