The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will have two outstanding basketball players from Philadelphia heading down to play for the Hawks this season.
Devon Walker, a former Simon Gratz and Globe Institute of Technology basketball star, will be going to UMES along with another Public League standout, Hakeem Baxter from Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter.
“I’m really excited about going to Maryland Eastern Shore,” said Walker, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard, who played two seasons for Globe Institute of Technology in New York City. “I like everything about the school. They play in a good conference [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]. There’s plenty of competition.”
Mark Morse, the Knights head coach, has seen Walker develop his talents over the last two years.
“Devon was tremendous for our program,” Morse said. “He was one of the top shooters in the conference and the region in terms of his percentage. Devon shot about 34 percent from three [point range]. He really did well for us this past season. He was second team all-region. He played real well. He had a breakout game this season where he scored 36 points against Monroe College. He’s a great kid. He’s very coachable.”
Baxter, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, is looking forward to playing for the Hawks. He feels UMES is a real nice fit for him.
“It’s a good school,” Baxter said. “I really like the coach [Frankie Allen] down there. The school showed a lot of interest in me. I’ll be playing point guard. I have to work on my decision making. They have a good program. My family and friends will be able to see me play.”
UMES is located in Princess Anne, Md. The Hawks will play against member schools such as Delaware State, Morgan State, Howard University, Coppin State and North Carolina A&T.
Baxter averaged 22.6 points a game last season. He led PET to a 16-12 overall record and a spot in the Public League playoffs. He scored 1,377 career points.
Baxter’s teammate, 6-foot-9 forward/center Jai Williams, will stay in the city and play for Saint Joseph’s University.
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