Walker Named To All-Patriot League Second Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Andre Walker, a sophomore guard at Loyola University Maryland, has been named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, an honor that is the highest for a Greyhounds player since the school joined the conference in 2013-2014.
Walker enters the Patriot League Championships as Loyola's leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game while also topping the squad in assists, steals, free-throw percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage.
Last year, Walker was a Patriot League All-Rookie Team player, and he moved into a role as the Greyhounds' starting point guard this season after playing both guard positions in his first season.
The native of Westbury, New York, did not see his scoring role diminish this season, as he tallied 10 or more points in 25-of-29 regular-season games while scoring 15 or more on 13 occasions.
Walker had four games with 20 or more points this season, capped by a career-high 31 points -- 29 that came after halftime -- in a double-overtime victory on Feb. 6 at the U.S. Military Academy. More recently, he scored 22 on Feb. 21 at Colgate University and finished with 25 on Feb. 27 at American University.
A graduate of New York City's Christ the King High School, Walker raised his game during Patriot League play, averaging 15.6 points against conference opponents, the No. 5 mark in the League. That scoring output boosted his season-long average by nearly three points from non-conference action, and he finished the regular-season seventh in the conference in scoring.
Walker was dialed-in as a distance shooter late in the season, hitting 43.8 percent of his 3-point attempts during Patriot League games. He went 6-of-6 from behind he arc on Saturday against the Eagles, tying Marquis Sullivan's 2007 school record for most threes made in a game without a miss. Over the last three games of the regular-season, Walker went 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) from 3-point range.
His shooting has moved him into 10th place in the conference in 3-point percentage for the season. Overall, he shot 38.7 percent from behind the arc during the regular-season after making just 23.3 percent as a freshman. Walker is also third in the League in free-throw percentage, making 81.3 percent this season.
As a full-time point guard this year, he raised his assist total from 68 as a freshman in 2014-2015 to 108 (3.7 per game) this season. He also continued to be one of the top defenders in the conference, averaging 1.5 steals per game.
Walker is the second player to be named to an All-Patriot League men's basketball team since Loyola joined the League in 2013-2014, and his second team nod is the highest for the Greyhounds. Dylon Cormier garnered All-Patriot League Third Team laurels in an injury-shortened 2013-2014 campaign.
The Greyhounds open Patriot League Championships action on Tuesday, March 1, when they host College of the Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.