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Mike Walker
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Mike Walker

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lewisberry, Pa.

High School:
Trinity

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175

Position:
G

Experience:
SR


Having played in 89 games, Walker trails only fellow senior Geary Claxton in game experience among Nittany Lions and his 1,954 career minutes trail only Claxton and junior Jamelle Cornley...Long established as a spark from behind the arc (131 career threes) during his career, the clever passer with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the past two seasons shined playing major minutes at the point-guard position over the final five games of the 2006-07 season...He averaged 12.4 points and a team-leading 4.0 assists per game over that stretch while playing 33.6 minutes per game...The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree will be among three players who will be looked toward to take over point-guard duties for 2007 graduate Ben Luber who started virtually every game at the position over the past four seasons.


HONORS/MILESTONES
• Ranks eighth all-time at Penn State with 131 career three-pointers
• Set a Big Ten Tournament record with seven threes vs. Illinois in 2007.
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten
2006-07 SEASON • JUNIOR
Walker played in all 30 games and ranked fifth in scoring (6.3 ppg) and second with 46 three-pointers while averaging nearly 20 minutes per game...Came on big late in the year starting the last three games at point-guard and averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 3.5 assists over the final eight games...Shot 48.9 percent from the arc while making 23 three-pointers (2.9 per game) over the final eight games, nearly twice as many as the next closest Nittany Lion...Shot 37.4 percent from three for the year and tied for second on the team with 2.3 apg...Set a Big Ten Tournament record hitting seven threes (7-of-11, 63.6%) on his way to a career high 22 points to lead Penn State in an opening round loss to Illinois (3/8)...Had seven double-digit scoring games on the year and made three or more treys in eight games...Ranked 15th in Big Ten games making 1.44 threes per game...Scored nine points on a career-best 3-for-3 shooting from three and added three assists in a win over Morehead State (11/10)...posted a career-best seven assists in Penn State's win over UNC Greensboro (11/13)...Made a 22-foot, game winning three-pointer as time expired to lift Penn State to a 63-60 overtime victory over Bucknell (11/21)...Scored 10 points in 25 minutes of action during the game...Posted 16 points in 23 minutes, including 13 in the second half, as he sparked Penn State to an 80-71 victory over Morgan State (12/2)...Scored eight points in a decisive 13-5 run...Scored 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the arc and posted a career-high two blocks in a 129-111 victory over VMI (12/30)...Hit 3-of-5 from three-point range for nine points in a 91-64 loss to Michigan State (1/20)...Scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the three-point line in a 53-51 loss at Northwestern (2/10)...His three with 2:05 to play pulled PSU within one as he scored eight in the second half...Made two big second half threes, including one to cut a 21-point halftime lead to three with 51 seconds to play, and scored or assisted on Penn State's final six baskets to help fuel a 19-4 run that nearly upset No. 2 Ohio State (64-62) in the Jordan Center (2/14)...Played 35 minutes at point-guard in 68-60 loss at No. 1 Ohio State (2/21) taking over for injured starter Ben Luber after the first minute of the game...Led Penn State with 14 points and six assists playing 35 minutes at the point in a loss to Illinois (2/24)...shot 4-of-6 from three in the game...Starting his first game in more than a year at point-guard, Walker matched career highs scoring 17 points and making five threes (5-of-8) to lead Penn State to a 74-72 win over Iowa (2/28)....Added a team-high tying four assists in 36 minutes...Competed with the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team over the summer playing four games in Australia...Earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the second time.

2005-06 SEASON • SOPHOMORE
The first player off the bench, Walker averaged 20.1 minutes per game while playing in all 30 contests and starting one game at Pittsburgh (12/10)...The Lions' leading three-point shooter with 44 treys on 133 attempts (33.1%)...Had at least one three-pointer in 22 of 30 games on the year...Posted 42 assists against 19 turnovers in Big Ten conference play and was among the leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio for most of the season...Ranked 14th in the Big Ten averaging 2.80 assists per game...Scored 10 points and led the team with four assists in a first round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern...Scored nine points on three big three-point shots in the final 8:10 of Penn State's upset of No. 6 Illinois in Champaign (2/4), ending the Illini's 33-game home win streak...Scored nine straight points in a span of two minutes hitting two threes and converting a three-point play to spark a 13-3 PSU run to put away Northwestern (2/25)...Posted 13 points (10 in the first half) in 26 minutes of action in an upset bid that came up just short at Michigan State (1/28)...His three with 5:31 to play gave Penn State a 58-57 lead...Hit 5-of-9 from the field (3-of-7 from the arc) and added a season-high tying four rebounds in the game...Scored 14 points (4-of-8 three-pointers) and added five assists vs. Iowa (1/14)...Scored 10 points (2-of-3 three-pointers) and added five assists vs. Purdue (1/18)...Had two treys and eight points in the first half of Penn State's road win at Northwestern, the Nittany Lions first conference road win in five seasons...Scored a career-high 17 points vs. UMKC making a career best five field goals on a career high 10 attempts...Hit a career high five three-pointers vs. UMKC shooting a career best 62.5 percent from the arc (5-of-8)...Equaled his career high of six assists three times on the year, last reaching the mark vs. Minnesota (2/8)...Had a career high three steals vs. UMKC...Played with the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team in Australia during the summer posting 7.0 ppg and 2.3 apg as the team went 3-1...Earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.


2004-05 SEASON • FRESHMAN
Walker started 15 games as a true-freshman and played in all but one game, missing that one with an illness...Ended the campaign with a 6.3 ppg mark and 71 assists (second on the team)...Hit 41 of 123 three-pointers (33.3%), the third most on the squad...Shot 76.3 percent from the free throw line...Was the key factor in Penn State's win at Rutgers (12/1), scoring 15 points off 6-of-9 shooting and dishing off four assists...Posted a season-high 16 points against nationally-ranked Pittsburgh (12/11) hitting 5-of-10 field goals, including four treys, and adding six rebounds and four assists...Had an outstanding game in leading Penn State to a Big Ten win over Northwestern (1/22) hitting 5-of-10 field goals and going 5-of-9 from long range to score 15 points in the victory...Posted 12 points, and three rebounds at Michigan State (3/3).

HIGH SCHOOL
The 2003 Pennsylvania AA Player of the Year, Walker also earned two first team All-State selections, was twice voted the Player of the Year by the Carlisle Sentinel and earned all-district honors three years...Walker led Trinity HS to four straight Mid-Penn Conference titles and four straight District 3 AA titles during his four seasons as a letterman...Was a starter on Trinity's 2003 Pennsylvania State Championship team, a starter on the 2002 state finalist, and a key reserve on the 2001 PIAA State Championship team...He ended his high school career with 1,579 career points, 233 three-pointers, 550 assists and 194 steals...During his four years, Trinity posted a stunning 124-7 record...As a freshman reserve on the 29-4 varsity team, Walker also led the Trinity junior varsity squad to a 20-0 mark...Named to the Harrisburg Patriot-News All-Underclassman team...Trinity amassed a 31-1 mark in his sophomore season en route to the state title game... named Top Underclassman by The Patriot News and was an all-district pick...Led Trinity to another state title and a perfect 33-0 record in his junior season earning PIAA-AA Player of the Year honors, All-State selection, all-district honors, and P.O.Y. honors from the Carlisle Sentinel....His senior season saw yet another trip to the state playoffs... An upset loss in the state tournament not-withstanding, Trinity had a superb season with a 31-2 mark... Walker repeated his All-State, Sentinel P.O.Y and all-district honors...Walker was an outstanding student, winning Most Outstanding Student-Athlete laurels as well as being an Honors Student at Trinity throughout his high school days.

PERSONAL
Walker is the son of Mark and Lorie Walker...The youngest of six children, he has three brothers (Matt, Ben and A.J.) and two sisters (Amy and Chrissy)...He lists bowling and ping-pong as his favorite past times and is also an avid tennis player...A supply chain and information systems management major, he had over a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester of 2007.

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