OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will induct former men's basketball players Ryan Sears and Ben Walker into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday, April 12th.
Tickets remain -- but are going
fast -- for the event, which will take place at the DoubleTree Downtown in a ceremony starting at 7 pm. Tickets to the Hall of Fame banquet cost $50 per person and include
dinner. For reservations, contact Barb Epps at (402) 280-5577
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sears, a 2001
graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, was a standout player who started
all 124 basketball games while at Creighton.Sears ranks first in Creighton history in assists for a
career, and he ranks first in both Creighton and Missouri Valley Conference
history in steals for a career. He also ranks second in Creighton history in
three-pointers for a career. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference
All-Centennial team, and was a three-time Academic All-District player, as
selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
leader on and off the court, he was involved in organizations that included the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Jays for Christ while at Creighton.
Sears has played
professional basketball with the Kansas City Knights and with teams in Kosovo,
the Netherlands and Belgium. But he lists as the highlight of his career his
involvement with Athletes in Action, a sports and ministry program, as a player
and coach from 2002 through 2009. He is currently a coach with Kingdom Hoops,
training young men and women in individual skill development as well as
coaching skills for practices and tournaments.
He and his wife
Angie and daughters Moriah and Yirah reside in Ankeny, Iowa.
Walker, of Oak Creek, Wis., a 2002 College of Arts and Sciences graduate, is among the
top 10 players in Creighton University basketball history in steals and
rebounds. He started 119 of his 124 games at Creighton, was named to the
Missouri Valley Conference All-Defensive Team, and helped lead Creighton to the
National Invitational Tournament, as well as three consecutive NCAA
Tournaments. Walker went on to play professional basketball in Qatar, Latvia,
Australia and Norway. He made the Latvian All-Star game in 2005 and was named
Most Valuable Player.
During his years
on campus, he gave back to the community and he continues to do so today,
through his full-time work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dallas, his work with
the Hawks Foundation and the countless hours he spends coaching youth
In addition to Sears and Walker, Joani & Mike Mullin will be honored as 2010 Joseph J. Vinardi "Jaybackers of the Year", while Robbie Knight (baseball) and Tara Oltman (softball) will be honored as the Carl M. Reinert, S.J., Scholar-Athlete award winners.