2005 Focus: Travis Walton

Lima (OH) High point guard Travis Walton recently reached a milestone. The 6-2 guard says he's significantly improved himself in one area and is averaging 20 points a game.

Lima (OH) High junior guard Travis Walton recorded his 1,000th career point last week when he hung 27 on Mansfield Senior. On the year, Walton is averaging 20 points and 4 assists.

Basketball-wise, Walton says he's really improved his game this year. "I'm shooting the ball a lot more and I'm more a leader on the team," Walton said. "I think I could have done it last year, I just wasn't ready to step up. We're 12-4 right now. We lost four games by a total of 10 points."

Walton established his reputation on the circuit and within his state as a defensive player. It's a part of his game that gives him much pride. "It's the desire to want to stop somebody. I figure if you play defense you're going to win. That's my reputation that I'm a hard worker and I play good defense."

As a point guard, he gets it. His attitude is right in line with running a team. He's got a solid body and his offensive outbursts this year are a good sign that he's getting more comfortable at that end of the floor.

"I'm a leader, hard worker and I worry about the team first and scoring second. I want to get everyone else involved. I do whatever it takes to win."

Walton says it doesn't matter to him what level or where he goes to play. He's interested in Marquette, Michigan State and Cincinnati. Walton wants a chance to play early and will look into opportunities from all levels.

Scout's Thoughts Earned a reputation in the summer of 2003 as a defensive ace. He was one of the top defensive guards at last year's Hoop Jamboree. Wasn't known much for his scoring but posted great numbers this year. Shot could stand some work but he's cut from the run-your-team mold of point guards. Will get high-major looks.


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