Dantley Walker hopes to get an offer from a D1 school
You should really be talking about Race Parsons from South Sevier. He is the
real deal and is 6'2.
I'd say someone needs to pull the trigger and sign this kid...I hope it's BYU,
otherwise it might come back to haunt them.
He sounds like a solid player, but a little perspective: He's averaging 27.4
points as a senior, which is terrific, but Noah Hartsock averaged 27.6 at a
school five times the size of Lincoln County, and Noah has taken three years to
develop into a consistent D1 role player. Oh, and Noah is a long 6'8" to
Dantley's skinny 5'10". I'm 6'7" myself, and I was a very
run-of-the-mill center for a large-ish school, but my best games were JV
contests against small-school varsity teams. I'd tear those guys up, and I was
NOT an otherwise outstanding player. Dantley may turn out to be a fantastic D1
player, but I'll defer to the judgement of the pros who've seen him in person.
Sounds like a kid who is really doing his best to be all he can be. Small town
kids can be great. Look at Jimmer Ferdette. But when you do you see he is also
6'2". Like my father in law the basketball coach says...you can't teach
Sounds just like Jaycee Carroll. Carroll played for a small school in WY
against supposedly crummy competition. BYU and Utah weren't interested. Randy
Rahe (Morril's assistant at the time) went up to watch him play one game and
offered a scholarship right then and there, and when Stu found out he wasn't
happy about. We all know how he turned out though. Somebody should take a
chance on this kid.
What a great article. I think the most telling thing about Dantley is his
amazing statistics against bigger schools. He has proven it against small
schools, big schools and on AAU teams. I hope that he get's a shot at a D1
school but if not he's going to go to some D2 or JC school and tear it up
leaving many of the D1's scratching their heads.
@giggle | 10:12 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010If he was like Carroll, he would
be signed. Is he related to an editor of D-news? Seems strange to
run this article when there is plenty of in state talent. Sounds like he will
need to prove himself via JUCO route after he serves his time on the mission.
If the D-1 schools won't give him an offer, he should go to Snow or Dixie.
Since he's serving a mission first, he should take the first guaranteed offer
that comes, then if he hits 6'0" and fills to 175-180 pounds during the
mission, he'll get offers before too long. One year at JUCO or a small school
to adjust after the mission, and he'll be ready to go.
@Z2010If you knew Jaycee's story then you'd agree it sounds a lot like
I've watched Dantley play over the past 3 seasons and he is the real deal. He's
a gym rat that can score at will on even the biggest Vegas schools. Don't be
threatened Utah, all the greats at BYU and Utah were imports, don't go getting
all scared. 5'10" at the pro level is impossible but at D-1, it's
not at all. He can score getting to the basket as well as drain a dozen 3's a
game. I think he'd fit in great at BYU or Utah if Kruger at UNLV doesn't get
him first. Kudos to Dantley easily on his way to break Portland
Trailblazers' Luke Babbit's Nevada career high-school scoring record. He
averaged 28/game as a sophomore and 33 as a junior. Incredible!!
I've watched high school ball for forty years and could name ten players I
watched over the years that went on to play D1 ball AND this kid is better than
any I've watched. Walker has every ability. And there is one thing that can
overcome size and that's great speed and quickness. This kid is going to play D1
ball because he refuses not to. Come on BYU! Oh! And by the way, Hartsock isn't
as good as this kid right now! One on one against Parsons from South Sevier;? no
contest. Walker is better in every fasit.
My High School team ran into him down at Southern Utah over the summer and boy
did he make us look bad his team looked like 4 7th graders and then him. We
doubled teamed him and that didnt matter. he has mad dribbling skills and an
point guard too
I hope Lon Kruger (UNLV) knows about this young man too if the Cougars can't
pull the trigger.
Sounds like this kid would be a good player to try and step in and take Jimmers
place. Size is important but quickness combined with skills are pretty good too.
I have to agree with the first comment. I play for Piute and have seen and
played against Race a lot. He is legit. He is a sophomore right now and is a
stud. By the time he is a senior it will be scary.
I've been following Dantley for 3 years. He is an amazing talent that spends a
great deal of time in the gym. He has excellent ball handling skills and his
shot is automatic. He's got a quick release and his basketball IQ very high. He
has proven himself against large schools and has done everything in his power to
showcase his ability, short of moving to a big city. Like many great players,
Dantley shines brightest when the pressure is on. I hope he gets his shot at a
D1 school. I've passed his information on to Dana Altman at the University of
Oregon. We'd love to have him. Dad's going to have to travel if that happens.
For those of you that like records and statistics here are Dantleys records (so
far) as found in the Nevada (NIAA) State Record Books. Ive listed his rank on
each particular list along with his statistic for each category. Career Records (2008-2010, 84 games)#1 Three Point Field Goals Made: 322
FYI - #2 on list has: 210#2 Free Throws Made: 463 #3 Assists:
567#5 Points Scored: 2,183 points #5 Free Throws Attempted: 542 Single Season Records (All Record below are from Jr. Season 2010, 30
games)#1 Three Point Field Goals Made: 144 #1 Assists: 289#1
Free Throws Made: 227#3 Free Throws Attempted; 257 (88 % free throw
shooter)#4 Points Scored: 974 #9 Steals: 121 Single Game
Records#2 Assists: 18 (2010 vs.Mountain View)#2 Free Throws Made: 24
(2010 vs. West Wendover)#3 Free Throws Attempted 27 (2010 vs. West
Wendover)#4 Three Point Field Goals Made: 10 (2010 vs. Needles)#9
Points Scored: 53 (2010 vs. Needles)Most Points Scored in a Half#9 Points Scored: 32 (2009 vs. Lake Mead)Most Points Scored in a
Quarter# 3 Points Scored:26 (2009 4th Quarter vs. Lake Mead)
A friend and I drove to Panaca on Friday night to watch this kid play and I will
tell you he is unbelievable! His stat line was 62 pts 14 asst 11 reb and 7
steals in an overtime win against a very good Needles (CA) team this is after he
had 14 pts at halftime 48 2nd half points. The thing that impresses me is the
team he is on is very young and frankly not that good. I know how hard it is to
play on a team when you don't have much help the pressure is great to do
everything for this kid and he still shines. His shooting, passing, and
dribbling is unbelievable. Someone needs to take a chance on this kid you won't
be disappointed. By years end he will hold almost every major record in Nevada
basketball history. If you get a chance to watch him GO!
I watch some video from the local telephone company in his home town and he
appears to be quite talented. This was the game where he scored the 70+. He
was selfish with the ball, tried to get it into some of his teammates hands.
Had way too many turnovers in his attempt to dish and assist. Made a couple of
easy to calculate 30' shots. He had guys in his face and was facing a double
team the whole time. Hope he gets a Cougar Offer
about the Hartsock comment....there's a huge difference between a big man
getting 27pts a game in a high school and a 5'11" PG whol's getting 29pts a
game (that is Walker's current averages), and to boot, Walker is getting over 10
assists a game as well...generating, at least 40 pts a game, by himself.....not
to mention he's getting doubled and opening things up for his teammates to get
looks. This kid has "it"....and the reason he's in this Utah newspaper
is that BYU wanted him to walkon and would possibly have a scholarship after his
mission.....oh, and he's being featured so much because he's LDS....