Dwight Walton played for Siena for the 1986-1987 season. He was the team’s second leading scorer and leading rebounder averaging 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The team finished with a 17-12 record that season, Mike Deane’s first as Siena Head Coach. He was four times named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week and was named the Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
Walton was denied an appeal of a ruling by the NCAA which deemed him ineligible to continue playing at Siena. He had previously attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, a school for Seventh Day Adventists which had no basketball team. He had also played for two years at Dawson College in Canada and was thus considered ineligible under the NCAA rule which only allows five years to complete four years of eligibility. He went on to play at FIT where he was a Division II All-American.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Walton has had a distinguished career in basketball. As a member of the Canadian Nation Team, he competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul Korea. In 1993 he played on the national team with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. He also played professionally in the CBA, as well as in Israel, France, Switzerland, and Canada.
How did you end up attending Siena?
I was recruited by Mike Deane and Tim Capstraw to attend Siena College. I had some eligibility issues in terms of attending a Division 1 school but they still took a chance and gave me a scholarship anyway. I ended up playing only one season at Siena but it gave me a lifetime of friendships which are my favorite moments off the court.
What is your favorite Siena memory on the court?
My favorite moment on the floor at Siena was when I scored 25 points against Reggie Lewis and Northeastern University. I had family and friends at the game which made it extremely special for me. We didn’t win the game but it was still a very special evening.
What have you been doing since you left Siena?
After leaving Siena, I transferred to the Florida Institute of Technology(Florida Tech) where I became quite successful. I was a 3 time All American, on the 25th Anniversary All Sunshine State Conference Team, the Florida Tech Hall of Fame and was recently inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. I received my degree in Business/Management from the school as well. I have developed a lifetime of friendships from Florida Tech as well and I am extremely grateful.
I also have had a successful career playing on the Canadian National Team in which I played in every International competition known to man during my ten years(1986-1995) on the team. I’ve had the privilege of playing with and against some of the best players in the world which includes my teammate, friend and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash and ex Toronto Raptors Head Coach Jay Triano who remains my very good friend to this day.
I also had a very successful pro career playing overseas in Israel for 4 seasons and in Switzerland for 5 1/2 seasons. I currently work at John F. Kennedy High School here in Montreal as a Student Supervisor in which I’m in charge of discipline and I’m the Basketball “Insider” for TSN 990 radio here in Montreal. I’m not married and whenever anyone asks me if I have any children, I always say that the students at John F. Kennedy are my children which means that I have over 500 kids.
What are you most looking forward to about the Legends Game?
I look forward to seeing my teammates, friends, fans and Family members in the Albany/Loudonville area who I don’t get to see on a regular basis. I may have attended Siena College only for one school year but it had a profound impact on my life. I truly look forward to July 19th.
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