BASKETBALL: Talia Walton has knee surgery, will miss part of UW season

University of Washington forward Talia Walton underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee last week, a procedure that could potentially cause the freshman from Federal Way High School to miss some regular season games for the Huskies.

“After speaking with the doctor, I was pleased to hear the surgery was successful,” said first-year women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff. “The time frame for her return is four to six weeks.”

Walton was one of the top recruits for Washington’s 2011 class coming out of Federal Way last spring. The 6-foot-2 Walton helped lead the Eagles to three state tournament berths, and was highly sought after because of her ability to score from all areas of the court.

Walton was voted the Associated Press Class 4A Washington Prep Girls Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Eagles into the state title game as a senior.

Walton was also named the South Puget Sound League’s South Division Most Valuable Player, Seattle Times’ Star Times All-Area, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year and the Mirror’s All-City Player of the Year.

Walton led the Eagles to a perfect 16-0 record in the South Puget Sound League South Division and to the West Central/Southwest District championship, while averaging 17 points and close to 13 rebounds per game. It was the third-straight season that Federal Way has played at the Class 4A State Girls Basketball Tournament.

She also led the SPSL in rebounding during the regular season by grabbing 11.8 per game. Walton also led the league in blocked shots and was 10th in the league in steals (2.13 a game). She was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection for the third time.

The Huskies are currently in the beginning stages of their preparation for the 2011-12 season, which begins Nov. 8 with an exhibition against Concordia. This is the second injury the Huskies have dealt with during the preseason. Star guard Kristi Kingma will miss the upcoming season after tearing her ACL during an exhibition game in Norway.


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