Countdown to the 2016 WNBA Draft: No. 12 Courtney Walker

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The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies’ women’s basketball team is dominated by the Courtney duo: Courtney Williams and Courtney Walker. But it’s Walker who truly stands out and is a player to watch out for in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

She leads the Aggies in shooting with 18.7 points per game. She’s tallied a total of 431 points thus far this season. Her impressive scoring numbers have also landed her number eight on Texas A&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,389 points. She is also the career leader in free throw percentage for the Aggies at 85.8 percent.

Walker is Texas A&M’s reigning 2014-2015 Team MVP. She’s also a two-time AP All-America honorable mention and a one time WBCA All-America honorable mention. She’s been selected to First Team All-SEC, voted on by the AP and coaches, twice.

Before her time with Texas A&M, Walker was already setting herself up for recognition during her prospect period in high school. ESPN ranked Walker number 32 on their 2012 HoopGurlz list.

While playing at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Oklahoma, Walker was named the 2011-2012 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year. During her senior year, she led her school to a 28-0 record in the Class 6A championship. Walker averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 total rebounds per game in her high school days.

Before settling on Texas A&M, she was also considering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Texas- all teams that are currently within the Top 25.

This season alone, the 5’8” senior guard has tallied 128 total offensive and defensive rebounds so far. As a guard, Walker utilizes her jumping abilities to nab anything that comes off the rim. In addition to her rebound numbers, she has totaled 43 steals this season.

Back in November, ESPNW named Walker the player of the week for her key plays in helping the Aggies extend their then perfect win streak to 4-0 over Duke where she put up 22 points including six of the nine points in overtime.

While Walker’s numbers are above the average of her team, she tends to elevate her performance in games where it really matters for the Aggies. For example, in the game over Duke Nov. 18, she posted 22 points and a career high of 11 rebounds.

Walker put on her best performance of the season Feb. 4 when Texas A&M played the Florida Gators. Despite the team’s 83-81 loss, she led the team with 31 points and six steals along with playing all forty minutes of the game.

Rebounding from the loss at Florida, the Aggies hosted No. 23 Tennessee to a 76-71 overtime win Feb. 7. Walker again led the team with 29 points during the game and played her longest game of the season with 42 minutes.

Walker and the rest of the Texas A&M squad are back at home Feb. 11 when they host No. 11 Mississippi State.

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