Shane Walker Adjusting to Changes

For Shane Walker, it's been all about change. He came over from England a little less than two years ago. Then he switched AAU programs and now he's going to get a new high school coach. The 6-foot-9 1/2 junior big man has adjusted well and college coaches are taking notice of his improvement.

Shane Walker has been all about change.

An only child, Walker left his parents in England to pursue a better opportunity on and off the court in the United States. After spending one season in the shadow of Tywon Lawson and Kevin Durant, he opted to switch traveling teams and run with Triple Threat.

Now the 6-foot-9 1/2, 210-pound junior big man will have to adjust with a different high school coach. Bishop Ireton head man Chuck Driesell just took a job this past week to be Gary Williams' assistant at Maryland.

``I'm hoping a good coach comes in, so I can stay," Walker said. "If not, I'll probably leave."

Walker is long and athletic and his strength has been his ability to run the court and control the glass. Recently, he has seen his offensive game begin to emerge.

``I didn't score as much as I wanted to in April and wasn't as much of a threat offensively as I'd like to be," Walker said. "But a lot of colleges were able to see me play."

Walker averaged 14 points, 11 boards and four blocks this past season at Bishop Ireton.

Walker, 18, moved from England prior to his sophomore season after spending his freshman year at Moulton Secondary School in London.

``It was a decision to improve my living style and conditions," he said. "To better myself as a person and to be able to one day provide for my family."

Walker said prior to April the interest was coming from the likes of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, George Mason and Vanderbilt. Now you can add Illinois, Boston College, Miami and Marquette to the mix.

He has already taken unofficial trips to nearby Maryland, Georgetown and Virginia Tech.

``The relationship with the coach and the playing time that is available will be important to me," he said. "I haven't really gotten too far with the process. I'm interested in all the schools right now and am just enjoying the process."

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