For the second time this season, Ahmad Walker of the Barton Community College men’s basketball team has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week for his performances last week. Despite two road conference losses by the then-No. 25 ranked Cougars, Walker tied his career high thirty points in a last second loss at Cloud County then three days later recorded his seventh double-double of the season in Saturday’s loss at Seward County. Held scoreless during Saturday’s first half action, the Jayhawk West’s leading scorer put up twenty-four points and grabbed twelve rebounds while also dishing out seven assists. For the week Walker shot over 56% from the field averaging twenty-seven points and nine rebounds to go along with over six assists per game.
On the season the Port Washington, New York, native ranks first in the Jayhawk West averaging 20.8 points per game while grabbing a sixth best 7.4 rebounds per game. Walker has also led the Cougars in assists in all but five of his twenty games at 5.6 dimes per contest to rank second in the West and fourth in steals at 1.9. Walker also ranks in the top ten in field goal percentage (54.9%) and free throw shooting (73.6%).
Most recently, Walker drained two treys in the final two minutes and contributed to the Cougars final fifteen minutes of Wednesday’s come-from-behind 80-78 victory over Dodge City Community College. Walker finished with a new career high thirty-two points eclipsing the thirty-point mark for the third time this season, draining 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 10-of-13 from the free throw line scoring in double figures for the sixteenth straight game while also leading the Cougars with eight rebounds.
The Barton men are 7-3 in Jayhawk Conference play and 19-5 on the season heading into a tough three-game five-day stretch beginning on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. at Garden City Community College. The Cougars will then return home Monday for a battle with No. 6 Butler Community College before wrapping up the stretch with a Wednesday trip to No. 17 Hutchinson Community College.