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Grand Canyon Smart to Give Former New Mexico Guard Demetrius Walker Another Shot

Frank Victores-USA Today Sports

On Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Canyon Antelopes — a new provisional Division I squad that will be joining the WAC in its first year at the top college basketball level — announced the addition of former New Mexico Lobos guard, Demetrius Walker.

At this juncture, this is a move that could pay huge dividends for both sides, especially considering Walker is a talent that has yet to find a niche with two previous Division I programs. Now, Grand Canyon will get a notable name out west to start their ascend within the WAC.

Walker began his career at Arizona State before switching gears to New Mexico. However, Walker could never quite find the consistency needed to settle in with the Lobos. Not to mention a loaded back court highlighted by Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood made things even more difficult.

This fit for Walker and Grand Canyon is ideal, however. First year head coach Dan Majerle will have the ability to put Walker into the lineup immediately as he will be eligible to play during the 2013-14 season. Last season, which was not at at the Division I level, Grand Canyon won 23 games as a squad, but they must replace their leading scorer in the process of transitioning to the WAC.

Walker has the talent to step right in and produce in the back court, so it’s going to be very interesting to see what type of season he can have with the Antelopes.

 

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