April 26, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Determined to find a dynamic point guard to run his offense next year, TMC men’s basketball coach Chuck Martin has announced the signing of Derek Walters (Fresno, CA) from Reedley College.
The 6-1 Walters made 47 starts over the two years he played for the Tigers and head coach Brian Fonseca, averaging 9.3ppg and just over three assists per outing.
During the 2011-12 season, the freshman averaged 7.7ppg and was one of five first-year players to earn All-Central Valley Conference honors in addition to being named Reedley’s basketball Freshman of the Year.
A year later, he was named team captain and averaged 10.9ppg en route to first-team All-CVC kudos. He scored a career-high 27 points in an 82-68 victory over Columbia College on February 2.
Commenting on Walters’ signing, Martin said, “We are excited and thankful that Derek has committed to The Master’s College. He is an accomplished, pass-first point guard that fills one of our greatest needs. He is highly regarded by the coaches in the Central Valley Conference because of his skills, ability to make his teammates better.
“Being a first-team, all-league player from a junior college in California is a tremendous accomplishment and represents what he brings to the court. He is also a wonderful Christian kid who will be a great fit and represent the college at the highest level.”
Walters prepped at Clovis West High School where he was a two-year varsity starter for the Golden Eagles and Coach Tom Orlich.
As a senior in 2010-11, when he led the Golden Eagles to a 24-6 record, a Tri-River Athletic Conference championship, and a runner-up finish in the CIF Central Section Division I playoffs, he averaged 9.3ppg and 3.7apg, hitting nearly half of his shots from the field and 77% from the charity stripe.
He was named first-team All-TRAC and was a Fresno Bee All-Valley honorable mention choice. He gained a spot on the Fresno City/County All-Star Team, won the Clovis West basketball Coaches’ Award, and was chosen “Eagle of Honor” by his athletic director.
Looking ahead to his time as a Mustang, Walters said, “I am very excited to be a Mustang and play for Coach Martin and Coach Connolly. I think we will have the right guys to make a big impact this coming season. We are going to “Do Work”, win the GSAC and get to KC (Kansas City).”