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TRACKING THE GRADS: College basketball
Freshman Talia Walton saw her first action of the season for the University of Washington women’s basketball team on Dec. 18 during a win over Houston. Walton had knee surgery in October.
Walton played five minutes and tallied two points for the 8-2 Huskies.
Walton was one of the top recruits for Washington’s 2011 class. The 6-foot-2 forward 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.
“Talia has some tremendous upside,” UW assistant coach Kevin Morrison said. “With her skill set and her athleticism, she could be a very, very good player for us, both this year and throughout the course of her career. She can put it on the floor, shoot the high post jumper; just been a great student of the game.”
• Aaron Broussard — The Federal Way grad is playing his senior season as the captain on the Seattle University team. He was named a preseason, first-team All-Independent by CollegeSportsMadness.com after leading the Redhawks last season with 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.
He is averaging a team-high 15.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for the 2-8 Redhawks.
Broussard tallied a career-high 29 points during a loss to 24th-ranked Virginia last week at KeyArena, 83-77. Broussard was 12-of-17 from the field, plus he pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, including six offensive boards.
• Kevin Davis — The 2010 Beamer graduate is playing this season at Central Washington University as a sophomore. He transferred after playing a season at Tacoma Community College.
Davis is averaging 13.1 points and 9.5 rebounds a game for the Wildcats, who are 7-3 on the season. Last year at TCC, Davis averaged 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game at TCC.
Davis had committed to the University of Washington to play basketball for the Huskies as a high school senior, but instead joined TCC as a freshman.
Davis averaged 21.3 points per game and was held in single-digits just once as a senior at Beamer. He was named the SPSL South Most Valuable Player.
Isiah Umipig — The Federal Way High School grad is playing his sophomore season at Cal-State Fullerton. The 6-foot point guard has started all 11 of the Titans’ games this season and is averaging 14.6 points a game and 2.5 assists. He scored a career-high 34 points during a win over the College of the Redlands earlier this season on 11 of 16 shooting from the field and eight 3-pointers.
Cal-State Fullerton is 8-3 on the season with wins over Portland State and Eastern Washington, among others. Last season as a true freshman, Umipig played in all 30 of the Titans’ games, starting six. He averaged 7.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. He was selected as the 2010-11 Big West 6th Player of the year after coming off the bench in 24 of his 31 game appearances. He was also made the UCF Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher) during the spring quarter.
“Zeke (Umipig) can really shoot it – he could be a real surprise,” said coach Bill Burton. “We feel he can be one of the most talented guards in the conference.”
• Michael Hale III — The Federal Way High School graduate is playing his junior season at the University of Texas-San Antonio. The 5-foot-8 point guard transferred after playing two seasons at North Idaho College.
Hale is averaging 10.6 points for the 6-5 Roadrunners. He tallied a career-high 26 points during a heart-breaking 90-85 loss to Oklahoma State earlier this season. He also added five rebounds and four assists against OSU.
Last year, San Antonio finished 20-14 and won the Southland Conference Tournament and advanced into the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to top-ranked Ohio State.
Hale was second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference averaging 18.2 points and 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for North Idaho a season ago. The Cardinals finished 23-9 on the season. Hale was selected to the NJCAA All-American second team after averaging 11.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals a game for the Cardinals as a freshman. North Idaho finished eighth at the NJCAA National Tournament.
• Jeffrey Forbes — The 2009 Federal Way grad is playing his junior year at Eastern Washington University. The point guard has started all 12 of the Eagles’ games this season and is averaging 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Eastern is 6-6, including wins over Hawaii and Idaho, among others. Last season, Forbes started 23 games and averaged 9.8 points and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Eagles. As a true freshman, Forbes averaged 10.5 points a game.
• Cole Dickerson — The 2010 Federal Way grad is playing his sophomore season at the University of San Francisco. The 6-foot-7 forward has played in all 13 USF games this season and is averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Dons, who are 9-4 on the season.
Dickerson played in 27 USF games and averaged 7.9 minutes a game last year. Dickerson averaged two points a game and grabbed 2.3 rebounds.
During his senior year at Federal Way, Dickerson was the state player of the year after averaging 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game.
• Dan Young — The 6-foot-10 Federal Way grad is playing his senior year at Western Washington. He transferred to Western after two seasons at Highline CC.
The center is averaging 3.0 points and 3.2 rebounds a game for the 11-2 Vikings this season. Last year, Young played in 26 games and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds a game.
• Cam Schilling — The 2009 Decatur graduate is playing his junior season on the Pacific Lutheran basketball team. He has started all 10 games this season and is averaging 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Lutes, who are 5-5 on the year.
Schilling, a 6-foot-4 forward, started 24 games for the Lutes last season and averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. PLU finished 15-10 overall and 10-6 in conference play last season.
• Travis Wagner — The Decatur High School grad is playing at Evergreen State University for the Geoducks. The 6-foot-4 forward had 15 points during a loss to Northwest Christian last week. Evergreen State is 1-12 on the season.
• Eric Radford — The 2010 Thomas Jefferson grad is playing his sophomore season at the University of Redlands in California. The 6-foot-5 guard has started all nine games this season and is averaging 5.7 points and 2.9 rebounds a game for the 4-5 Bulldogs.
Last year, Radford played in 18 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 1.3 points a game. Radford features a 3.5 GPA and is majoring in global business at the Redlands.
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