Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4:34 pm  |  3 responses

New Mexico Forward Demetrius Walker Suspended Indefinitely

While the New Mexico lobos are quietly having one of the best seasons in college basketball (25-4, 1st in the Mountain West Conference), the saga of Demetrius Walker continues to unfold—and in a sense, unravel—behind the scenes. Yesterday, the junior forward—who once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 14-year-old, and was a starter for the Lobos as recently as two weeks ago—was suspended by head coach Steve Alford indefinitely, with no specific reason given. The ABQ Journal has the details: “‘I won’t say any­more about it,’ Al­ford said. ‘I want to pro­tect him ob­vi­ous­ly. It’s an in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion and we’ll just see how it plays out the rest of the year.’ Al­ford said the sus­pen­sion is not re­lat­ed to an in­jury but would not say whether Walk­er will re­turn to the team for the March 12-17 Moun­tain West Tour­na­ment. Walk­er will not make the road trip this week as the Lobos (25-4, 12-2 Moun­tain West) close the reg­u­lar sea­son at Neva­da in Reno on Wednes­day and at Air Force in Col­orado Springs on Sat­ur­day. Walk­er has missed the past four games since hurt­ing his knee Feb. 13 at Fresno State, though he’s been healthy enough to play at least in the past two. The Jour­nal on Sat­ur­day asked Al­ford if fresh­man Cleve­land ‘Pan­cake’ Thomas had of­fi­cial­ly passed Walk­er on the depth chart and what it meant for Walk­er’s role with the team. ‘Yeah, I think so,’ Al­ford said of Thomas. ‘It doesn’t mean Demetrius can’t get back in there.’ Ju­nior guard Kendall Williams, who said he is a close friend of Walk­er, said the team just learned of the sus­pen­sion and is mov­ing for­ward under the as­sump­tion Walk­er will not be back. ‘Los­ing a team­mate like that for me per­son­al­ly is tough and I think col­lec­tive­ly we’re going to have to come togeth­er and try to move on,’ Williams said. He added, ‘Get­ting ready for Vegas, you have to lock in your mind. I don’t think I’d be telling the truth if you said you didn’t feel for D-Walk and that the team’s not going to feel it.’”

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  • RayJr

    At least Slam waits until they have put a few years of HIGH SCHOOL dominance under their belts before putting players on a cover.

  • roscoe

    i. coach… “suspension.”

    ii. D-Walk… “supsended.”

    iii. Teammate…”don’t think I’d be telling the truth if you said you didn’t feel for D-Walk and that the team’s not going to feel it.’”

    iv. Team… “jarred and ready to fall apart.”

    v. School… “losing any hopes of revenue.”

    This is the new type of FIVE-STAR recruit.

  • deafballer

    Man, I’ve read the book Play their hearts out with is basically a biography of his life. His coach keller just wrecked his life. So much potential but keller chased after money and fame, and walker paid for it the most.