Walker Signs With Runnin' Rebels|
May 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's basketball program received a signed national letter of intent from Dantley Walker to enroll at UNLV and play for the Runnin' Rebels, head coach Dave Rice announced Thursday. Walker plans to serve a two-year LDS mission and enroll at the school in the fall of 2013.
"We are excited to add Dantley to our program," Rice said. "He had a terrific high school career. It is well-documented that he is an explosive scorer, but what is equally impressive are his assist numbers. In addition to his offensive stats, he was part of a winning program at Lincoln County High School. We look forward to him being on our roster in two years after he serves his mission."
Walker, the leading prep scorer in Nevada history, was named to the 2011 Parade Magazine All-America High School Boys Basketball First Team following his senior season at Lincoln County High School in Panaca, Nev. He averaged 36.2 points and 10.3 assists to lead the school (24-7) to the Class 2A Southern League semifinals this past season.
The 5-foot-11-inch point guard became the state's all-time leader in points scored (3,304) and assists (887), and set the state record for most points in a game with 73. That contest also marked the highest-scoring game for any individual in high school in the country this past season. For his career (2008-11), he averaged 28.7 ppg.
"It was a dream come true for me to sign with UNLV," Walker said. "I have grown up a Runnin' Rebel fan and being a lifelong fan of the program, it will be awesome for me to be a part of the history and tradition at the school. I look forward to playing for Coach Rice and the up-tempo style he brings."
Walker, who was coached at Lincoln County by Mike Wood and his father, Greg, also holds the state records for most assists in a career (887) and 3-point field goals made in a career (475). His 1,123 points scored during his senior season also is a state record. In addition, he also holds numerous Nevada state tournament records such as made 3-pointers in a game with seven, 43 points scored in a game and 17-of-17 from the free-throw line.
Walker earned first team all-state honors all four years of high school and was named his division's MVP in each of the last two years (2010 and 2011). He was also selected as the Nevada 2A Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
Walker's No. 30 Lincoln County jersey is retired as he was the first player to earn that honor in the 100-year history of the school. In addition to his 73-point game, he also had scoring games of 64, 62, 56, 52 and 49 points during his senior year. Walker played AAU basketball with the Las Vegas Prospects and the Utah Select.