It was a season full of honors for Ahmad Walker. The Barton Community College sophomore basketball star capped his post season honors by being named NJCAA second team All American.
Walker was named the Most Valuable Player in the Jayhawk at the conclusion of the season and was the top vote getter for the All Region VI team. He was a 4-time West player of the week during the season.
He was the only player from Region VI to earn first or second team honors. Darrion Strong of Coffeyville was a third team pick and Bashir Ahmed of Hutchinson was selected honorable mention.
“It’s a great honor for Ahmad,” Barton coach Craig Fletchall said. “I thought he might get first team recognition but he just missed out. He had a tremendous season for us.”
The second team selection is the highest for a Barton player since J.P. Batista earned second team All American in 2004. He is the fourth player to earn All American honors under Coach Craig Fletchall. He joins two-time third team selection Algie Key, third team pick Nyika Williams and honorable mention selection Omar Johnson as those recognized during Coach Fletchall’s 10-year tenure.
Walker, 6-4, transferred to the Cougars from Stony University (NY). He led the Jayhawk West in scoring with a 20.6 points per game and also finished in the top five in both rebounds and assists. His 7.7 rebounds was good for fifth and his 5.5 assists good for second. He led Barton in all three categories.
Walker finished the season with a career-high 32 points and topped 30 points three different times. He scored 20 or more in 15 of the 27 games he played. Ten times this season Walker ended with a double-double.
The native of Port Washington, N.Y. has narrowed his list of schools he will attend next season to four. He visited Albany State in the fall and this spring has visited Middle Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast and St. Bonaventure.
Walker will take part in the NJCAA All Star May 9 in Las Vegas. The game pits an NJCAA Division I team against a combined team of D-II and D-III players.