Feb. 20, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - William Walker of Bethel (Ind.) has been selected as the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. This award is the final player of the week for the 2007-08 season.
Walker, a 6-6 junior forward from Michigan City, Ind., hit for two double-doubles while helping the Pilots win twice on the road in Mid-Central College Conference play. Against Indiana Wesleyan, he gathered a season-best 19 rebounds to go along with 29 points. In the following game against St. Francis (Ind.), Walker went for 16 points and 10 rebounds, his 18th double-double of the year. He added three steals, two blocks and two assists while shooting 5-of-8 (.625) from the field.
For the week, he shot 57 percent (17-of-30) overall and 10-of-12 (.833) from the charity stripe. On the season, he currently holds a 24-game scoring streak over 10 points.
In NAIA statistical rankings, Walker is the in the Top 40 in five categories. He ranks near the top in rebounding (4th - 10.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (6th - .607). For more information on the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Other Player of the Week Nominees:
Derick Hobbs, Indiana-Southeast; David Birch, Ottawa (Kan.); Ben Falkenberg, Mount Vernon Nazarene; Jake Holen, Jamestown (N.D.); Derek Miller, Northwest (Wash.); Jon Battle, Madonna (Mich.); Torrington Cox, King (Tenn.); Demonte Bynum, Clarke (Iowa); Tom Radtke, Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.); Curt Schilling, Northwestern (Iowa); Tyler Debord, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jackson Capel, Evangel (Mo.); Terrance Little Thunder, Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.); Adam Chavis, Dominican (Calif.)
2007-08 Composite Award Winners:
January 9: Ryan Fiegi, Oregon Tech
January 16: Jackson Capel, Evangel (Mo.)
January 23: Eder Araujo, Walsh (Ohio)
January 30: Marques Benjamin, Mayville State (N.D.)
February 6: Doug Sheckler, Huntington (Ind.)
February 13: Nathan Menefee, Evergreen State (Wash.)
February 20: William Walker, Bethel (Ind.)