TRACKING THE GRADS: College basketball
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
January 24, 2012 · Updated 11:08 AM
It looks like Talia Walton's first season at the University of Washington lasted only five minutes.
The 2011 Federal Way High School graduate will most likely seek a redshirt season for the University of Washington women's basketball team. Walton had surgery on her knee in October before coming back and playing five minutes during a win over the University of Houston on Dec. 18.
The 6-foot-2 forward tallied two points in her only appearance this season for the Huskies. Walton was one of the top recruits in the state last year after being 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.
Since appearing in the game against Houston last month, Walton's knee has been slow to respond, according to Washington head coach Kevin McGruff. She hasn't practiced since playing in the game. Walton's injury is one of many the 2011-12 Huskies have suffered. Washington is 10-7 overall on the season and 2-5 in the Pac-12.
"I feel really badly about the injuries that we've sustained," said McGuff. "But (recruiting) is the same. We're trying to add the right kids here in the future that can continue to help this program grow."
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.
Other grads playing basketball in college:
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 18 of the Titans' games this season and is averaging 12.6 points a game, 3.1 rebounds 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 12-6 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.
• 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 9.7 points for the 12-7 Roadrunners. He tallied a career-high 26 points during a 90-85 loss to Oklahoma State earlier this season.
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 20 of the Eagles' games this season and is averaging 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Eastern is 9-11, 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.
• 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.
This year, Broussard is averaging a team-high 18.5 points and 6.6 rebounds a game for the 5-12 Redhawks.
Broussard scored a career-high 34 points during a 91-68 win over Eastern Washington on Jan. 16. He was 12 of 18 from the field.
• 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 22 USF games this season and is averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Dons, who are 13-9 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.
• 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 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds a game for the Wildcats, who are 9-8 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.
• 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 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the 17-3 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 17 games this season and is averaging 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Lutes, who are 8-9 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 is averaging 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Evergreen State is 1-18 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 16 games this season and is averaging 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds a game for the 8-8 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.
• Jerron Smith — The 2011 Decatur grad is playing his freshman season at Portland State. Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard, has played in seven games this season and is averaging 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds a game. Portland State is 10-9 on the season.
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