Walker's Season Opener Cut Short

One week ago, senior center Ty Walker signed his letter-of-intent to play basketball at Wake Forest. Tuesday evening, the newly signed Demon Deacon was playing in New Hanover High's first game of his senior season and DeaconSports was on-hand for the action.

Unfortunately, Ty Walker's night was cut short on the basketball court Tuesday evening. It wasn't foul trouble, injury, or coaches decision. Instead, Walker's teammate, Nick Becton, put a stop to the game as he shattered the backboard on a dunk in the first quarter. It was the first dunk of the career of Becton, a 6'5, 290-pound D-I football recruit with offers from Alabama, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, South Carolina, Clemson, and others.

"This being our first game, it was good to get out there," Walker said after the game ended. "But I'm kind of glad that it ended early because the adrenaline was really up once (Becton) shattered the backboard."

In just eight minutes of play, Walker displayed the game he had been working on in the offseason, putting up 12-points and three blocks in leading New Hanover to a 27-20 lead. Walker had one rebound early but feels he needs to continue to improve his strength to battle down-low, especially next seasona t the ACC level. "I feel like my game is good all around," Walker noted, "but I need to gain strength and just get stronger."

Walker noted that he keeps in frequent contact with Coach Gaudio and keeps in touch with the Demon Deacon staff and players to become more comfortable team. "Coach says that communication is key," Walker said. "I've been trying to talk with Al-Farouq [Aminu] and Tony [Woods] and the current players to try and establish communication with them. I'm trying to develop a relationship with them so that we can mold as a team."

The Demon Deacons' class of 2008 that includes Walker, Aminu, and Woods has been ranked among the nation's top five classes by all major media outlets. Walker's also impressed with what he has seen from the Demon Deacons' current freshmen, however. "Jeff [Teague] and Gary [Clark] are both really good," he said.. "But James [Johnson] is the most athletic player I have ever seen. He definitely has NBA potential. He [could definitely] be in the NBA in three years."

Combining the 2007 and 2008 recruiting classes with the upperclass talent at Wake Forest, Walker believes the Demon Deacons have a strong core to build towards national prominence. "I'm most excited about [the chance at] a national championship," Walker said. "With Al-Farouq, Tony, James, and I, we want to make Wake an elite team"

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