Graceland University junior forward Virgil Walker Jr. was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball player of the week Monday, Dec. 2.
The Yellowjackets defeated Mount Mercy University in Closson Center 107-77, and Walker played a big factor in the win. He had a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. He played 31 minutes in Graceland's rout of the Mustangs and went 9 of 12 from the field, much of which were in the first half as he helped the Yellowjackets score 51 points as a team.
Walker is ranked in several NAIA Division I categories statisically including 15th in points per game (19.88), 16th in defensive rebounds per game (6.63), 19th in total rebounds per game (8.75), and 21st in field goal percentage (.600). This season, he is the team leader in both points and rebounds. He is also second on the team in assists and blocks.
Each week, award winners are nominated by members of the Heart and selected by a voting panel of member institution Sports Information Directors.To view these students click here: https://graceland.meritpages.com/achievements/Virgil-Walker-Jr-Named-Player-of-the-Week/115643