Ex-Terp Walker to Loyola

Men's college Basketball

June 07, 2008|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun reporter

Shane Walker, a 6-foot-10 power forward who made a cameo appearance at Maryland last season, has transferred to Loyola College.

Walker had negligible statistics as a freshman with the Terps, averaging just 5.3 minutes in 24 games. Coach Gary Williams announced in April that Walker was leaving.

Since then, two more Terps - Gus Gilchrist and Tyree Evans - were granted releases.

"We wouldn't get a guy like this out of high school, he's just too good," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We've fallen into good graces. What's most important to me is, we get a guy from a school that made 15 straight postseason appearances."

Patsos spent 13 seasons as an assistant under Williams at Maryland and just completed his fourth year at Loyola. His College Park connection also helped the Greyhounds get Hassan Fofana when he left Maryland early in the 2004-05 season.

Patsos said Walker's decision to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference came down to playing time.

"The second time around, kids want to be sure they can play. He's going to sit out a year and that gives him a whole year to get acclimated," Patsos said. "[Williams] said [Walker] needs to play."

Walker, a native of Northampton, England, enrolled at Loyola earlier this week. He will have three seasons of eligibility left after sitting out the 2008-09 season. He wasn't available to comment for this article.

"Shane was a soccer player in England and has only played basketball four years," Patsos said. "He'll be real effective in our league."

ken.murray@baltsun.com

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