Walters Anxious to Join CMU Program

Eastern Commerce is perhaps the finest prep basketball program in all of Ontario. One of the players who helped the Saints win three consecutive provincial titles is point guard Reynold Walters, who Thursday signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Central Michigan University. Walters talked about his decision with Chippewas Insider.

Eastern Commerce head basketball coach Roy Rana will tell you two things that most impress him about his standout point guard, Reynold Walters.

"Off the court he is a superior young man who has great character," Rana said. "On the court he is as fierce a competitor as you'll ever find. He's willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to win."

That's good news for Central Michigan University head coach Jay Smith and the Chippewa program. Walters signed to play for CMU during an official visit to campus last week.

"I'm interested in the CMU program because Jay Smith cares about his players and he is a good coach," Walters said. "The campus is clean and the facilities are very nice. The people seem very friendly too."

Walters comes to CMU from perhaps the finest high school program in all of Canada. Eastern Commerce just completed a 29-0 season and its third consecutive OFSAA Class AAAA Championship. The Saints were the top-ranked team in Ontario the entire year.

Walters contributed 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game, while playing most of the season at power forward. Recently named Ontario's 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, it's his defensive tenacity that Walters is most noted for.

"He played out of position all year," Rana said. "Reynold loves to play at a high tempo. He's a dominant defensive player who will wear you down because he's physical and relentless."

A 6-foot, 175-pounder, Walters said he also had interest from Cornell and Canisius, before deciding to sign with CMU. He added that he will work hard and bring a winning attitude to the Chippewa program.

"What I will bring to CMU is leadership and an unselfish attitude with the ball," Walters said. "I like to distribute the ball to my teammates."

Walters, a member of the Ontario All-Scholastic team, said he plans to study accounting at CMU. He added that he hopes to arrive on campus around June 27 to begin summer workouts.

"Reynold has enormous upside," Rana said. "He's going to continue to get better. He can push the ball up the court in transition as good as anyone.

"To CMU's credit, they watched Reynold practice and play a lot," Rana added. "He's going to be a great player for them in the MAC."

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