While the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels await the NBA futures of stars Rashad Vaughn and Christian Wood, another player- Dantley Walker- has quietly decided to leave the program. Walker, who averaged 2.4 points while playing just 5.5 minutes per game, is transferring from the school in hopes of finding a better fit for his talents. Over the past few years, UNLV has finally returned to relevancy among basketball inner circles, and Walker is likely a better fit for a smaller division one team.
“He has enjoyed his experience, but he wants to find a school where he can have a bigger role in terms of playing time,” Rice said. “He has been a great teammate.”
Reports have indicated that Walker will head to the Utah area, where there are several lower-level division one schools that could would provide the Panaca, Nevada native an opportunity to play right away.
Still, it remains a real possibility that Walker will lose a season of eligibility due to NCAA transfer rules, which could drastically impact his decision to remain at the division one level.
No matter what occurs down the road, Walker has been a major part of the Runnin’ Rebels success from the sidelines and his leadership has propelled UNLV back to the upper echelon of college basketball.
Any program that is lucky enough to have Walker on their squad will receive an instant upgrade and a quality athlete that could not only come of the bench, but be inserted into the starting lineup as well.
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