Kevin Walker: A Guard's Journey
From the moment of tip-off to the final buzzer, a player’s job is to play their hardest while on the court to the best of their abilities. A point guard’s job is to set the tempo of the game and guide their team to victory. A point guard is meant to have a complete skill set that makes them stand out more than any other position in basketball. Recruiting top point guards into college is not that simple but it was for Caldwell’s basketball coach Mark Corino when he went scouting at St. Peter’s Prep and that is where he found Kevin Walker. From a kid who was a 4 year starter St. Peter’s Prep to one of Caldwell’s premiere player, Kevin has shown the dedication, the commitment, and the passion that it takes to become a spectacular all-around athlete.
During his time at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ, Kevin is one who contributed in all categories in statistics and was the leader of the team. He led the way helping the school win 4 four straight county championships and one Non-Public Group A state championship. He also hit a milestone scoring over 1,000 career points in his time at St. Peter’s Prep. He may not be the best premiere scorer of a team but his ability to play both ends of the floor is what really caught the eye of Mark Corino. “Watching him at St. Peter’s Kevin played on a good team that already had good players but what stood out to me is that he is a tough nosed player and he is an aggressive player both offensively and defensively and that’s what we look for in players. He was a great addition to our team,” said Corino. Kevin is one who also sees himself as the perfect team player. “As a point guard I’m very unselfish. I like to make people around me better. I can score if needed, I can shoot, and I can handle the ball well. I’m a competitor and I love to win,” Kevin stated. Coach Corino sees no different. “Kevin has made sacrifices over the years to try to make this team better and that has helped him develop into not just a better ball player but a person in general.” Kevin also sees that competing in sports is no different than competing in the real world when describing himself as a person. “I’m still a competitive person. I’m caring and I have a big heart and look to help others as much as possible. I’m humble and hard working.”
Kevin had what one can say “A Great Collegiate Career.” He averaged over 11 points per game, over 3 assists per game, and over 3 rebounds per game during his time at Caldwell. He also eclipsed the milestone of scoring over 1,000 career points during his senior year. It is clear to say that with those statistics that Kevin proved that he is a complete player. Kevin became better each year as a player. He would spend extra hours in the gym working on his shots and handles and then he would go the extra mile in the weight room to make sure he had the strength to go along with his speed and quickness. But if anything has improved the most for Kevin over the course of the 4 years at Caldwell, it’s the person that he has become and nobody could see that any clearer than his coach Mark Corino. “Kevin always had the willingness to learn and understand what we wanted from him. I was hard on him when he first came and I feel like that’s what helped him develop into a better person. Sitting out at times during his sophomore season due to some injuries were key times to help him develop the perspective to become a better player,” said Corino.
Kevin’s world revolves around so much more than just basketball. In mid May of 2015, Kevin will have graduated Caldwell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His first plan after college is to look to play basketball overseas but his career job is always in the back of his mind. “I’m looking to continue playing and try going overseas. I want to get the chance to see the world a little. At the same time I am on the search of finding a career and doing something I enjoy doing job wise,” said Kevin. The road to playing overseas isn’t easy and Corino is one who believes that it is harder for people like Kevin to do so but still feels like he can accomplish that. “The opportunities for both big men and guards are different because there are more guards already playing overseas rather than big men so the opportunities of playing overseas are in favor of the big men. Kevin is clearly capable though in playing overseas, especially if the opportunity presents itself for him. I can see him playing at some level,” said Corino.
Kevin is viewed as one of the nicest and most humble person anyone can have ever met. He is one who goes about his own business and stays out of trouble which is another reason why he is one of Corino’s favorites. “He is mature, he handles his school work, and I have never had an issue with him on or off the court in the four years he has been here. He represented our program in a unique way and I appreciate all he has done for us. He is someone you just can’t replace with another person. I love him as a friend and he will truly be missed,” said Corino.
Kevin has built a strong with his teammates, coaching staff, training staff, friends, and the Caldwell community. There is no doubt that he is a Caldwell alumni. Whether he continues playing basketball overseas or pursues a job in the business field, the future after Caldwell seems to be bright for Kevin Walker.
Bachelor's Degree- Business Administration
CACC Player of the Week
All-CACC Third Team (Junior Year)
1,000th Career Point (12/8/14 vs Binghamton)
"I’m looking to continue playing and try going overseas. I want to get the chance to see the world a little. At the same time I am on the search of finding a career and doing something I enjoy doing job wise"