Walt McGrory, former UW men's basketball player, announces that he has been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer

Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Former UW walk-on Walt McGrory, who transferred to South Dakota after last season, announced via Twitter that he has been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer.

MADISON – Walt McGrory, who joined the Wisconsin men’s basketball program as a walk-on in 2017 and played a total of 37 games in four seasons before transferring to South Dakota last spring, is battling bone cancer.

South Dakota coach Todd Lee shared McGroy’s announcement Friday on social media.

“This past year has been more difficult than I ever could have imagined,” wrote McGrory, who underwent the first of several hip surgeries last fall and eventually played in just one game in his final season at UW. “Three additional hip surgeries tested my resilience like never before.

“But my goal to play this season at the University of South Dakota and have a successful final year of college hoops helped push me through each setback. Unfortunately, I have a new battle to fight and will no longer be able to compete this season.

“I was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. A form of bone cancer. I will learn more about my prognosis and course of treatment in the coming days. It will be a long road. But I know I’m not in this alone.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to lend support and offer strength.”