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Another heart-breaking turn in the Demetrius Walker saga

Mar 5, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

Demetrius Walker Kevin Van Wijk

News broke last night that Demetrius Walker had been suspended indefinitely from the New Mexico basketball team for what is being termed a violation of team rules.

“I won’t say any­more about it,” head coach Steve Al­ford told the Albuquerque Journal. “I want to pro­tect him ob­vi­ous­ly. It’s an in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion and we’ll just see how it plays out the rest of the year.”

It will be a blow to the Lobos’ depth, but in recent weeks Walker’s playing time has been cut. He hasn’t played in the last four games as freshman Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas has passed him on the depth chart. Walker is a fourth-year junior having redshirted during the 2010-2011 season after transferring in from Arizona State. If he graduates in May, he can transfer to another Division I program for his senior season without having to sit out a year.

“Los­ing a team­mate like that for me per­son­al­ly is tough and I think col­lec­tive­ly we’re going to have to come togeth­er and try to move on,” Kendall Williams, who is close with Walker, said. “Get­ting ready for Vegas, you have to lock in your mind. I don’t think I’d be telling the truth if you said you didn’t feel for D-Walk and that the team’s not going to feel it.”

Anyone that knows Walker’s history will agree with that. As a 14 year old, Walker was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated and touted as the next hoops phenom. But, as was chronicled in the terrific book Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann, Walker was taken advantage of throughout his teenage years, forgotten and neglected when the 6-foot-3 14 year old never was still 6-foot-3 as a 17 year old.

Even from afar, it’s tough to watch Walker’s career take another heart-breaking turn for the worse.

The good news?

He should still get his degree, which is more important than anything else at this point, and he still has another year to play.

One can only hope he’ll find success as a hooper wherever he winds up for that season.

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  1. nytitancl - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Wait, if he graduates, he can go and play at another school? WHY? The whole point of going to college is to graduate with a degree! Get your degree, straighten out your life, and if you want to play basketball, try out for the NBA (or play in Europe). That would be graduating and going out into the real world…

  2. nmrdr795 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    D walk is a great player and us lobo fans have much love and respect for him. If he leaves will still root for hom butI hope he returns for his senior year and straightens everything out.

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