``He passed away an hour after the game in the parking lot," Walkup said. "It's sad and is tough for me and my teammates. We're just trying to stay together as a team."
``Coach (Billy) Carlisle would have been 52 the next day and has three sons," he added.
Deer Park is 17-14 overall, 7-4 in district play and sitting in third place. Walkup, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound junior, scored 34 points in the loss to North Shore and is averaging 21 points and 10 boards.
He's a guy who can do a little bit of everything. He can knock down the perimeter shot, is athletic and gets to the basket – and also mixes it up on the glass.
``I'd say my biggest asset is my outside shooting and mid-range game," Walkup said. "I need to work on my footspeed."
The 17-year-old Walkup began with Houston Select, but opted to go with a smaller AAU outfit, the Houston Hoop Stars.
``It just didn't work out with Houston Select," he said. "It wasn't a good match. I get a little more focus with the Hoop Stars."
It's no surprise that the Aggies are involved since his parents – Raymond and Lisa – both attended the College Station school.
``Rice and A&M are the two biggest ones I'm looking at," said Walkup, who also mentioned Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. "Rice offered in August, but I wasn't ready to commit."