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Posted On: 07/31/18 9:06 PM
The ECI Prospects were one of the best teams in the Dakotas over the course of the summer, winning their host tournament along with the Great Plains Alliance and advancing deep into the NY2LA Summer Jam. They did so because of great balance and contributions from a number of players throughout the roster.
One of the key guys in that success was Jamestown forward Mason Walters.
The 6-foot-6 post provided consistent production on both ends of the floor, flourishing as a finisher and interior passer on the offensive end while proving capable of defending at a high level in the paint against high-level competition around the country.
“I think I got a lot better from last year,” said Walters. “I didn’t play a lot last year because of an injury but I’ve continued to progress. In high school they call more fouls and the games are more physical in AAU. There is a lot of talent. Guys are bigger or stronger sometimes so figuring out how to hold your own is important.”
A focal point for his high school team, Walters was one of several productive guys for ECI. He said playing on a balanced team allowed him to work on and showcase other areas of his game.
“I think I’m really working on my left and right jump hooks and using more moves around the basket,” said Walters. “I’m trying to work on my outside shooting, extending my range, becoming an all around better player. Being able to pass the ball and make my teammates better too.”
Walters’ efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as he’s one of the most highly sought after recruits in the state.
I’ve talked to Jamestown, Valley City; Mayville has talked to me a little bit and I’m planning on going to a Minot State camp here soon,” said Walters. “I’ve taken the local visit to UJ and I’m going to try to take a few more here before the fall starts up.”