2006 Focus: Willie Walker

Willie Walker had a rough season last season at Romeoville High, but the junior guard is thriving in his new surroundings this season - at Bolingbrook High.

Imagine playing an entire season for a coach, with teammates and for classmates that all know you are transferring to another school after the season.

Try being Willie Walker.

The 5-11, 165-pound junior guard played last season at Romeoville, but a new school was built close to his home in Bolingbrook – and in order to make the move, all the paperwork had to be in prior to the start of his sophomore basketball season.

``It wasn't easy last season because the coach from Romeoville didn't want me to do anything good," Walker said. "It seemed like everyone in the school was looking down on me."

Now Walker has begun a new chapter at Bolingbrook, where the team is off to a solid 7-2 start. Walker, who is versatile enough to play both guard spots, is averaging a few points shy of his 21 points per game a year ago while playing shooting guard this season.

``It's been much better," Walker said. "I'm averaging about 17 points, but am getting a lot more assists this year."

``I don't care whose scoring, because the whole team is getting better," he added.

The 16-year-old Walker, a 3.3 student who also makes music beats for area rappers in his spare time, said that playing time will be critical in where he ends up for college.

Walker will get a chance to receive plenty of national exposure while playing this summer with Troy Johnson's Illinois Wolves, but he's also gotten interest from the likes of Marquette, Miami, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest –with an offer from Marquette.


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