High school athletes work and train with the ultimate goal one day of earning college scholarship offers, which allow them to continue their athletic career while getting their education paid for.
That’s exactly what’s happening for talented junior wing Isaiah Walker (6’4″, 175) from Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, whose latest offer came on Monday from Andy Toole’s program.
“I was actually lifting weights and they called me. I definitely wasn’t expecting it at that moment,” Walker told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “They told me that we (Robert Morris staff) watched some of your full games and love how you’re versatile, can play multiple positions and think you’d be a great fit here at Robert Morris, so we’re going to offer you a scholarship.”
“I was surprised and looked around and said ‘what the heck did that just happen’, but I was super excited about it. Hearing that news then gave me some real motivation to keep lifting (laughing) because I was kind of sluggish in the morning and that gave me real energy. I killed the workout after that.”
Although the offer from RMU came yesterday, Walker’s relationship with the school has been building for a long time. In fact, he tells me that he’s been talking to Robert Morris for the last three to four months.
In terms of his strengths on the court, Walker tells PSN that he uses his height as an advantage and most times is a mismatch at guard for opposing teams because of his length. He also cites his ability to have both an outside game along with the explosiveness to get to the hoop and create for his teammates.
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Robert Morris becomes Walker’s 6th D-I offer to go along with ones from Wright State, Lehigh, Nicholls State, Western Carolina and Youngstown State. Prior to this interview, Walker received a phone call from coaches at Davidson and is also hearing from Loyola of Chicago, Furman, Princeton, Ohio and Dayton. Regardless of what school he ends up choosing, it goes without saying that all of this is a dream come true for Walker and his family.
“All of this is just so special because personally, you know how hard you’ve worked to make this happen,” said Walker. “After getting this offer, for a split second, I started thinking about all the things I did when I was younger or the past couple of years. Times when you don’t really feel like working out but you do it because you want moments like these to happen.”
”All of this is special because the end goal is that your education is paid for and you don’t have to worry about student debt or your parents having to work another job to pay for your education. It’s definitely a moment to be proud of yourself.”