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Rex Andrew Walters (born March 12, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player and the current assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons. Previously Walters served as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive.[1][2] Previously, he was the men's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. Walters played college basketball at Northwestern and Kansas and played professionally for ten years, including seven seasons in the NBA, from 1993 to 2003.

Rex Walters
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Walters encouraging the team in 2009.
Detroit Pistons
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1970-03-12) March 12, 1970 (age 48)
Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Piedmont Hills (San Jose, California)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1993–2003
Position Shooting guard
Number 2, 3, 23
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
19931995 New Jersey Nets
19951998 Philadelphia 76ers
19982000 Miami Heat
2000 Baloncesto León
2000–2001 Kansas City Knights
2001–2002 CB Gran Canaria
2002–2003 Kansas City Knights
As coach:
2003–2005 Valparaiso (assistant)
2005–2006 Florida Atlantic (assistant)
2006–2008 Florida Atlantic
2008–2016 San Francisco
2016–2017 Grand Rapids Drive
2017–present Detroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As Player

As Coach

  • WCC Coach of the Year (2014)
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,547 (4.6 ppg)
Rebounds 403 (1.2 rpg)
Assists 569 (1.7 apg)
Stats at



Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Walters played high school basketball at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California, but graduated from Independence High School in San Jose, California.[3] Walters played at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Kansas, where he helped lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four in 1993. During his time at Kansas he was coached by Roy Williams. 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. Walters played in the league from 1993 until 2000. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in his third season and he also played briefly with the Miami Heat. After leaving the NBA, Walters played for León and Gran Canaria in Spain.[4] In addition to his playing career, Walters had a minor role in the 1994 film Blue Chips. Walters is biracial; his father is white and his mother is Japanese.[5]

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."[6]

Coaching careerEdit

From 2006–2008, Walters served as the men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University. From 2008 to 2016 he was the head basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.[7] In 2014, Rex Walters was named WCC Coach of the Year by his coaching peers. He finished his University of San Francisco coaching career with a 126–125 overall record in 2016, including a 63–65 mark in West Coast Conference games.[8] On June 29, 2016, Walters was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive[9] On July 1, 2017 Walters was named an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

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
Saudi Arabia: 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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