Late in the regular season, just prior to the start of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, New Mexico head coach Steve Alford announced that Demetrius Walker had been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Speculation quickly began to circulate on Walker and his future with the Lobos and on Wednesday afternoon, that answer finally rang through. Alford announced at a press conference that Walker would not be returning to the men’s basketball program.
Demetrius Walker’s indefinite suspension on March 2 was really his parting of ways w/ program, but only made official today.
— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) March 27, 2013
The junior guard began his career at Arizona State, but it’s been a troubling run for the 6-foot-2 California-native. Walker spent one season at Arizona State before transferring to New Mexico and sitting out the 2010-11 season per NCAA transfer rules. Walker has spent each of the past two seasons as a member of the Lobos’ program, but his numbers and minutes weren’t through the roof whatsoever.
On the season, Walker averaged 5.0 points per game in just over 15 minutes of action.
Following his suspensions back in early March, the decision that Walker has made to leave the program really shouldn’t come as much of a shock. There is no word or update aside from Alford’s statement, so Walker’s future on the basketball remains up in the air at this point. Remember he has already transferred once and it would be interesting to see if he would make the decision to do so again or pursue other options.
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