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Oklahoman Super 5 Player of the Year: Edmond Santa Fe's Courtney Walker finds future on basketball court

Her mother thought she had a future in softball, while her father was always amazed with her basketball skills. Courtney Walker decided she preferred basketball, and now the Texas A&M signee is a two-time Oklahoman Super Five Player of the Year.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: April 1, 2012

/articleid/3662741/1/pictures/1684367">Photo - Super 5 and Big All-City girls high school basketball player of the year Courtney Walker of Edmond Santa Fe and her mother Tonda Walker photographed at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Super 5 and Big All-City girls high school basketball player of the year Courtney Walker of Edmond Santa Fe and her mother Tonda Walker photographed at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Courtney Walker disagrees, “He's too slow for me.”

Either way, the drive Turner sees from his daughter is what he thinks makes her so successful.

“When her mind is set on something, she doesn't take her mind off of it,” Turner said. “She works so hard. I think a lot of people don't realize how much work she puts into basketball.”

Her determination was put on full display at the Class 6A state tournament last month. The Wolves faced a double-digit deficit to Midwest City entering the fourth quarter, but Walker took the game over, scoring 11 of her 23 points in the fourth.

In a title-game tilt with rival Edmond Memorial, it was Walker who came through with an incredible block of a potential game-winner with seconds remaining.

“I'm still finding things that Courtney does that are surprising to me,” Tonda Walker said. “That block at state ... it just left me speechless, and I've watched that little girl play since she was 3.

“She brings out things in her game that I didn't know were there every time I watch her play.”

And even though she would've loved to have seen Courtney take up softball, which Tonda Walker played, she thinks her daughter probably made the right call.

Turner remembers one of Courtney's first moments on a basketball court.

He had just wrapped up his college basketball career at Central Oklahoma and had dreams of playing overseas.

So when he would go to the UCO gym to work out alone, he'd bring Courtney and put her in a baby walker.

After Turner worked on some moves and made a shot at one end, he'd dribble to the other end and repeat over and over again.

And following him, the whole length of the court in her baby walker, was 8 or 9-month-old Courtney Walker.

“She would go all the way from baseline to baseline,” Turner said. “I was like, ‘Wow.'”

Courtney Walker hasn't stopped wowing her parents since.


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