UConn looks at NY Super Soph Girls, Part 3

Ieasia Walker is a point guard at a program with some success in producing an outstanding point. Copiague High is the alma mater of St. John's point guard Kia Wright, a player Walker's high school coach has compared her to. Copiague head coach Carole Oleson recently told the Amityville Record, "By [Walker's] senior season she'll prove to be one of the best players ever to come off the Island".

Heady words for a girl from a strip of real estate that's produced players like Danielle Wilson (Baylor), Lisa Macchia (Boston College), Kia Wright and Angie Clark (St. John's), Tia Grant and Lisa Karcic (Villanova), among others. Oh, and one more. Jasmine Walker, Ieasia's big sister, is now a senior for Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She's its second leading scorer, averaging 12.4 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. Walker is also the team's captain. It's unfortunate that UConn fans couldn't see her play this past New Year's Eve, but Walker had twisted her ankle in SHU's previous game and was a DNP, although she's started every other game this season for the Pioneers.

This year's Copiague squad is a small team and has been unable to overpower opponents in the post. As a result, Coach Oleson has been forced to change up offenses and rely on her point guard to produce points. Ieasia Walker has responded, averaging 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 5.5 steals a game. Copiague went undefeated through its league, but their season ended in the Suffolk County Class AA semi-finals when Gina McPherson's North Babylon team defeated Copiague 62-45. Walker led all scorers with 21 points, but other than Gabriella Gibson's 11 points, no one else had more than 4 for Copiague.

Although Walker obviously can score, that's really not her preference. She would rather be a pass-first point but that wasn't an option this past season. A point guard with tremendous court vision and a strong handle, Walker is one of those players who wants to make those around her better. She also has a "team first" attitude.

"As great a player as she is, she is so totally unselfish she makes everyone around her better," said Debbie Brajevich, founder of Walker's AAU team. "She puts team and winning ahead of her individual goals. [She's] a consummate point guard and a better kid, as well as an A student."

Brajevich went on to point out Walker's defensive strength, great passing and court vision, an assessment with which Walker's high school coach agrees.

"Ieasia has a complete skill package, both offensively and defensively," said Olesen. "She has a great court vision."

Connecticut, Duke, Maryland and Rutgers have shown interest, as have Penn State and Georgia. That list is sure to grow.

Gina McPherson, Christine Huber and Ieasia Walker will play for the Silver Bullets NY Elite team this summer. They, along with another promising sophomore, Terri Green from Holy Trinity, will be playing at several top tournaments, including the Boo Williams Tourney, US Junior Nationals (15U), the USA Invitational at Penn State and the Nike Summer Slam in Chicago. It's possible that the Silver Bullets will be at the Nike Nationals but those plans aren't yet finalized.

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