The first African-American player to wear a St. John’s uniform, Solly Walker came to St. John’s from Boys High School in Brooklyn and played in 78 games, scoring 573 points (6.8 average) and grabbing 496 rebounds (6.8 average). He led the freshman team in 1950-51 to a 17-2 record by averaging 15.1 points per game.
Walker’s first year on the varsity squad was exciting, as the team advanced to the NCAA final, falling to Kansas. Walker played in 30 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. In 1952-53, he helped St. John’s advance to the NIT final by averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. In 1953-54, Walker enjoyed his finest season. He led the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg.) and rebounding (12.2).