Tuesday night marked another win for the Nebraska basketball program, and it also marked another strong game from Derrick Walker. Walker has 9.3 points on the season to go along with 5.7 rebounds. In particular, his efficiency is impressive. He is shooting 81.5% from the field and there is a big reason why.
So far, it seems like Walker’s bread and butter spot on the court is from inside. It worked well on Tuesday night against Tennessee State. He went seven-of-seven from the field and scored 16 points. The 16 points were a season-high. This was coming off a stellar game against Southern on Sunday. In that one, he recorded 15 points and went seven-of-eight from the field.
His point totals are certainly impressive, but it’s the efficiency that really stands out for me. Walker seems to know his best shooting spot on the floor, and that’s the inside. Once he gets inside the paint, he is a force to be reckoned with. He likes to take shots from just inside the free-throw line. This is a good thing. It leads to high-efficiency situations, and big scoring nights like we have seen the past two games.
He is becoming yet another key player on a talented and deep Nebraska basketball roster. When you look at what he has done in two seasons at Nebraska, the improvement is certainly there. He averaged 5.9 points last season, and he is very close to doubling that production already.
I am interested to see how the rest of the season plays out. If Walker can keep getting to his spot; he should continue to have a strong year. He has certainly developed as a player during his two seasons for Nebraska basketball. Last year, he was more of a grit and grind type player who worked hard to get the dirty points. He is still that type of player the season, but he has added the ability to be a smooth scorer from inside.
As long as his teammates continue to give him good looks, Walker should be able to thrive. This Nebraska basketball team is very good at passing the basketball.as a result, they should be able to continue to feed the hot hand . Derrick Walker is becoming a force in the paint.