Jarace Walker, IMG Academy basketball senior student-athlete and University of Houston commit, is just beginning his journey to achieving his goals. The SLAM video team captured a first-hand look at Walker’s drive and passion in full force during the McDonald’s High School Championships.
In four years at IMG Academy, Walker has been a primary component of a powerhouse team. “He’s an unbelievable passer inside," boasts National Team Head Coach Sean McAloon. "He’s got great instincts.”
Walker’s sense of responsibility to his team and to being a well-rounded person can be traced back to his parents. His mother, Marcia Walker, is most proud of two distinct awards from the 2018 Junior NBA World Championship. “These two awards are really special to me because of what they represent: determination and respect,” Marcia explains. “Those are values that we instill in him. And for it to be recognized at this level, that meant a lot to us.”
After a tough year of injuries and change-ups to his position, Walker found himself in a role he didn’t expect—point guard. Walker took the challenge head on and embraced the new role. “It’s not always about me and what I want,” Walker says. “If that’s what it takes to win, then I’m willing to do that.”
Even though Walker narrowly missed the goal of winning another national title in 2022 at IMG, his journey doesn’t end here. His coaches see the true potential. “This kid is ultimately one of the most special players that we’ve had the chance to be around,” says Michael Urban, Senior IMG Mental Conditioning coach. “He's an incredible young man with a great family. He’s going to be a great college player and a great pro.”
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