Creighton Will Induct Two into Athletic Hall of Fame
The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame will add two alumni to its ranks on Monday, April 12, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha. This year’s inductees are Ryan Sears and Ben Walker.
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.
Considered a 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 daughter Moriah reside in Ankeny, Iowa.
Walker, of Lewisville, Texas, 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 Invitation 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 basketball.