To begin the season, New Mexico guard Demetrius Walker was a back court starter for the head coach Steve Alford.
Now however, it appears that Walker could end the 2012-13 season on the bench with the news and report that he has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Walker, who is a transfer from Arizona State, has not played in a game for the Lobos since Feb. 13. He was kept out of the past four contests due to an unspecified violation and now that appears that that will continue.
On the season, Walker is averaging 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. After a terrific start to the season, Walker has seen his numbers drop dramatically and that’s not just because he has not been playing much. The 6-foot-2 guard has only scored in double-figures once since mid-December.
The loss may certainly affect the back court rotation and depth of the Lobos, especially considering the fact that Walker was once a starter on this team, but it probably isn’t anything that New Mexico hasn’t become accustomed to recently. The Lobos have won all four games since Walker was first held out by Alford and have eight of their past nine games overall.
In fact, New Mexico wrapped up the Mountain West Conference regular season title just this past weekend and will look to now garner even more momentum heading into the league tournament.
The Lobos will make the trip to Nevada on Wednesday night.
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