Mar 102008
 
Authors: Matthew Pucak

In a season of struggles for the CSU Rams, Marcus Walker was one of the most consistent bright spots for Rams.

The Rams junior guard was recognized for his play Monday, being named Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year and a second-team all-MWC performer.

While Walker was excited with the honor, he felt it was a little hollow because of the Rams’ 6-24 overall and 0-16 conference record.

“It is nice to have the recognition, but not getting an award isn’t a better feeling than not winning a game in conference,” said Walker, who played last season at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to CSU.

Walker barely finished second in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game on the season. He also averaged nearly three rebounds a game and added 76 assists.

Rams coach Tim Miles was pleased to see Walker get the accolades.

“I’m proud of Marcus. It is a great deal for him that he received this recognition when he played for a team that didn’t do too well,” Miles said. ” He became our go-to-guy and had to deal with other teams doubling him and denying him the ball, and he still kept after it. Hopefully he can take this and improve on it next season.”

Sports writer Matthew Pucak can be reached sports@collegian.

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