Posted On: 06/14/17 9:16 AM
The difference between Scott Walter’s (2018) role on last season’s Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Division II State Championship team versus this coming season’s role is immense.
“Coming into the season, I’ll have to be more of a leader — vocally and just on the court. I think I’m going to have the responsibility of scoring the ball. And I know I can do that. If I’m scoring the ball, I still have to play solid D. So I know I can balance the two and play my game,” Walter explained.
As far as last season goes, the 5’10” point guard, was tasked with much less of a role, as he was surrounded by two Division I guards in Jon Williams and Jayvon Graves.
“With that team last year, it was mainly to play defense and set up the offense. Jon and Jayvon, they were our main offensive threat. So, I just had to stay solid on defense because defense was what got me into the game,” Walter explained.
Walter is hoping to become more vocal within the team going forward. He’s also working on becoming more of a threat from the three-point line.
According to the incoming-senior himself, expect most of his points to happen inside the arch for the Irish this coming winter.
“[I score mostly] right around the basket, whether that’s just lay-ups or pull-ups. Right now, I think my strongest game is just pull-ups right inside the arch. I think I need to work on my threes a little bit, but it’s coming along,” Walter said. He would later continue to talk more about his skill-set, “Being able to handle the ball and setting up the offense and just controlling the game is also a strong point of mine.”
Expect the young man to pull all of his skills, and even his shortcomings, together for the defending State Champs next season. While his new role will be uncharted territory, he’s definitely mentally ready for what’s ahead.
“We’re going to be really young … I’m excited. I’m ready to take on the role. I think I’m going to do good. And I think I’m ready for the challenge that’s coming.”
With Walter’s strong performances on the big-stage at the Schott last postseason and his play with the Akron Bobcats during the summers, he’s drawn interest from plenty of schools.
“So far, I have D-II and D-III. Like from Mount Union, Ashland, Vasar, University of Chicago. But I haven’t got any offers or D-I looks yet.”
He also mentioned, via text after the interview, that Oberlin has expressed interest.
In the eyes of Walter, who carries a 3.85 ACT and 23 ACT, he’s looking for a coach that demands defense from his players.
Eventually, Walter plans on entering the medical field, making education also important.