Posted On: 06/15/17 12:41 PM
Shemar Walker is ranked as the No. 37 hoops recruit from the state of Oklahoma’s 2018 class. He’s a 5’7”, 142-pound point guard who has seen his recruitment take off after a solid 2017 season for Tulsa Memorial High School.
Memorial went 25-3 overall in 2017, and that included an 11-1 record in Green County Basketball play, which won the Chargers the division. For his part, Walker played in 28 games, notching 7.6 points, 4.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest.
The Chargers also went on to win the state championship, capping off an excellent season in style.
“I really got along with my seniors well. I mean, we hung out outside of school as well, so this year with my school was one of the best years I’ve had in high school sports,” Walker told Prep Hoops. “I’m looking forward to playing my senior season and hopefully going for a repeat.”
And as far as what the championship win felt like, Walker had a hard time putting it into words.
“My first two years in high school we got beat by a buzzer beater both years, so to finally get what we have been striving for every year, it feels amazing,” he related. “I still can’t explain the feeling.”
All glory to the man upstairs👆🏾🙏🏾 Love my teammates man‼️ Glad we brought one home💯 pic.twitter.com/bNK2peOVIk
— Boogie💰🤴🏾 (@iamshemarwalker) March 12, 2017
At the moment, Walker is playing AAU ball for Oklahoma Playmakers Express. He feels the session has been going well so far for his team, though they are a work in progress.
“This our first summer playing together. We’ve won two tournaments so far, so we just have to keep trusting each other,” he said.
Speaking of work in progress, Walker knows that’s what he is as a basketball player as well. Despite some great recruiting success this spring and summer, he knows he still has things he wants to work on. His jump shot is a big part of that as a smaller guard. He wants to increase his shooting percentage, but at the same time, as a point guard, it’s important for him to work on his ball-handling, passing and play-making. For him, it comes down to working hard to make sure he’s always making the right plays.
“There is always room for improvement no matter how good you think you are,” he humbly said.
Room for improvement hasn’t stopped the recruiting interest from rolling in, though. He already has an offer from Eastern Oklahoma State University, and a few other schools have been showing interest. That list includes the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, and Coffeyville.
Still, it comes down to remaining humble for Walker. His 2017 season was a big one and the fruits of his labor have followed, but he knows he’s not a solo act. His success is not his own, though his focus is.
“Keeping God first, and my family and teammates helping me get better and pushing me every day,” he said when asked what he believes the keys to his success have been so far. “And my determination to want to be the best I can be.”
The determination can also be viewed as hunger, and that’s one thing Walker was able to take from winning the state championship this past season. He knows what it feels like to be on top, and he doesn’t want to give up that feeling anytime soon.
“I know how good it feels to win, and my teammates and I have discussed [that] we don’t want to feel that way [the feeling of losing] ever again,” he told Prep Hoops. “We’re trying to get as many wins as possible.”