School: Myers Park
Travel Team: PSB Larkin
Freshman Season (JV): N/A (16-0-2 Record)
Sophomore Season: 4.9 PPG, 0.9 SPG, 52% FG
Junior Season: 6.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 37% 3P
What Was Recently Said (7/27/22): When talking about the incredibly loaded Myers Park roster, most people are quick to cite names like Bishop Boswell, Sir Mohammed, and Sadiq White. However, Sam Walters might genuinely be their biggest x-factor on a game-to-game basis. During last weekend’s event, his on-court presence proved to be as valuable as anyone’s. Walters consistently operated as a main initiator, offering a very steady, unselfish approach as a playmaker. He was able to break down defenders, touch the paint, and finish or make the corresponding pass to set up others. Walters also highlighted a healthy mix of pull-ups and crafty finishes, but has proven to be a lethal three-point shooter over the years. Given how effortlessly he got to the basket, coaches were actually curious about his ability to shoot. Last season, Walters led the Mustangs in three-point shooting at 37% on the fifth-most attempts (52) across the roster. Add in his sheer hustle and willingness to make winning plays, and Walters should appeal to a variety of programs.
What To Expect:
Between his adaptability, well-rounded skillset, and willingness to embrace any role, Sam Walters is probably slightly under the radar at this point. Most players who fill the glue-guy void typically go about their business and find ways to produce within the flow of the action—and Walters is no different. He consistently stood out as a leader and major cog for PSB Larkin throughout the summer. Walters operated as a main ball-handler and playmaker, highlighting IQ, vision, and an understanding of how to apply pressure to opposing defenses. He’s a strong finisher who absorbs contact well and displays touch with either hand. Walters is also a reliable defender and rebounder with the ability to naturally fills in the gaps on both ends of the floor. He plays hard and regularly outworks opponents for extra opportunities. This season, Walters will be an extremely valuable role player for the Mustangs. While his raw numbers and per-game averages won’t be gaudy, context clearly matters. The context is that he’ll be a vital piece within one of the most talented rosters in the state. Expect a slew of different schools to pursue Walters over the coming months.