Ukiah’s Walker passes 1,000-point mark

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Ukiah senior Brett Walker went over the 1,000-point total in his career Monday when he scored seven points in the Wildcats’ 65-48 loss to Cardinal Newman.
Walker, who has 1,031 career points, is likely the best free-throw shooter in the Empire. After Ukiah’s 78-76 overtime win against Montgomery on Wednesday, he had made 68 of 74 free throws (92 percent) this season.
I covered the Montgomery-Ukiah game and watched Walker shoot free throws in pregame warmups and during the game. He never missed. Heck, his shots rarely touched the rim. He drilled 6 of 6 free throws in the game and made maybe another 10 or 15 in warmups.
He stepped to the line with Ukiah trailing by two points with 10 seconds left in regulation. I was curious: Would his shot hold up under extreme pressure?
Dribble, dribble, dribble. Pause. Shoot.
Dribble, dribble, dribble. Pause. Shoot.
Guess so.
I asked Walker about the secret to his success at the line. He said this, “You’ve got to pick a routine and stay with it. I dribble the ball three times and say a little something to pump myself up at line. I try to go up there with confidence and stroke it.”
What does he say to himself?
Walker: “You can do this. They can’t stop me because you are with me?”
When you say “you” are with me? Are you referring to God?
Walker: “I’m talking to myself to keep my confidence and I’m talking to God to help me out.”