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Maurice Walker Will Get His Shot At The NBA One Day

The former center for the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be playing overseas next season, but that doesn't mean he will never make an NBA roster.

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The former center/forward for the Minnesota Golden Gophers Maurice Walker knew that he probably was not going to get his shot at the NBA next season, but that doesn't mean he will never make an NBA roster.

Walker is a big frontcourt player that knows how to dominate in the paint on both ends of the floor. Walker averaged 11.8 PPG and 6.7 RPG during his senior season as a Golden Gopher and every time he had the basketball close to the rim, good things seemed to happen for the team. He was far stronger than most of the opposing centers in the Big Ten and even in the country. Walker showed that he had great skills around the basket as a low-post player, but he has no mid-range jumper or outside shot, which is something he might want to improve on so he can become more versatile in the future. He is also just a so-so defender, and he should have dominated on the defensive end with his strength and size, but sometimes he was too slow to guard opposing teams low-post players.

Walker showed that he has the ability to compete with some of the NBA's rising stars and rookies after his stint in the Orlando Summer League. Walker was very efficient for the Orlando Magic (Blue) were he averaged 7.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 1.0 BPG in three games. He showed that he is still able to have success down in the low block against strong players that are fighting for spots in the NBA.

Unfortunately, Walker has not made an NBA roster, but Walker did recently just sign with a team overseas, which is a great place to start his young career. Many players in the past have used playing overseas as a great start before making the leap to the NBA and Walker could be another example. He can improve on his defense and endurance playing overseas, and if he score more overseas, then he should be getting a call from an NBA team soon enough. Some people think that if a player's name is not called at the NBA draft or if a player is not signed by a team right after he declares for the draft then his career is over, but this is a myth; if you go overseas you can still make an NBA roster one day and make an impact on a team. This can definitely be the case for Walker.

Walker will be on the floor in the NBA one day because of his great size and low-post skill. He probably won't be a starter in the NBA, but he could produce some meaningful minutes off the bench as a great backup center or power forward. If he can develop some sort of mid-range jumper during his time overseas then he will be on an NBA roster very soon. Walker will shine on his new team overseas, and NBA teams will notice if he does, which is good news for Walker and Minnesota fans.