Hoop Dreams: Courtney Walker's first project is building another championship team

The Edmond Santa Fe basketball standout will then head to Texas A&M and focus on becoming a civil engineer
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: February 16, 2012
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EDMOND — Courtney Walker didn't need career aptitude tests.

But like all middle and high school students, Walker took them, and the results always confirmed what she already knew — that she was born to build things.

“I always got engineering, and math and science type stuff,” Walker said of the tests.

But long before she completed those assessments, there was plenty of anecdotal evidence.

Like the funny hats she'd make for her mom out of random things she'd find around the house.

Tonda Walker remembers the tall top hats her daughter would bring her, banded together with duct tape.

Courtney recalls making sailor hats by stapling pieces of felt together.

Then, there was the motorized scooter Tonda gave 7-year old Courtney.

Courtney took it in the garage, unbeknown to her mother, and deconstructed it to see if she could put it back together.

“There were little pieces everywhere in the garage,” Tonda remembered.

Courtney said, “I messed that one up, but I've always just messed with things and built little things.”

Courtney's more well-known uses of her head and hands take place on the basketball court.

As a junior, she led Edmond Santa Fe to the Class 6A state championship and was The Oklahoman's Super Five Girls Player of the Year.

As a senior, Walker has the undefeated Wolves thinking repeat. She signed to play college basketball at Texas A&M in November.

One of her biggest reasons for choosing the Aggies over offers from Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State was Texas A&M's engineering program.

“Texas was the only school that I was getting recruited by that was ranked higher in engineering than A&M,” Walker said.