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Stow's David Walker is bound for Northeastern

By mikeb Published: September 21, 2011

Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior David Walker has committed to Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. to continue his academic and basketball careers on scholarship.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 point guard, led Stow to a 22-3 record last season. The Bulldogs won the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division championship with a 14-0 mark and made an OHSAA Division I Regional final appearance last season after winning sectional and district titles.

Walker was the NOC River Division Player of the Year, an Associated Press first-team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District selection in Division I and an All-Ohio Special Mention. He averaged 15 points, 5.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Northeastern is an NCAA Division I school which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“We are very excited for David and his family,” Stow coach Dave Close said. “David has been a great player in our program and he has the potential to be an outstanding Division I basketball player. As he continues to grow and get stronger, he could make quite an impact at the collegiate level.

“Our assistant coach Kevin Kovach, who is in charge of guard play, has done a nice job of helping to develop that potential over the past few years, helping prepare David to be a Division I basketball player. David has the ability to score in a variety of ways. But his best asset is his floor vision and his ability to make plays on the floor to make his teammates better. David is also a very capable defender who has defended virtually every position on the floor, from the point guard position to the post. Northeastern found themselves a very fine basketball player in David Walker.”

Walker received several Division I scholarship offers, including offers from Cleveland State, Kent State and Gardner-Webb in North Carolina.

Walker has a 3.7 grade-point average and intends to be a pre-medicine major at Northeastern.

“My first day in Boston I fell in love with the city and I liked how the campus is right in downtown Boston,” Walker said. “I really liked the coaching staff and the team really made me feel welcomed. Northeastern is in a really tough conference and I think it will be fun to compete in the CAA.”

Walker is entering his third-year as a starter for Stow. He made 76 percent of his free throws, 49 percent of his two-point field goals and 47 percent of his 3-point shots.

“Northeastern seemed to offer the perfect combination of athletic and academic opportunities for him,” Close said.



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