Prolific Nevada prep star from small town has big-time talent

Dantley Walker hopes to get an offer from a D1 school

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  • WasatchReb Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    about the Hartsock comment....there's a huge difference between a big man getting 27pts a game in a high school and a 5'11" PG whol's getting 29pts a game (that is Walker's current averages), and to boot, Walker is getting over 10 assists a game as well...generating, at least 40 pts a game, by himself.....not to mention he's getting doubled and opening things up for his teammates to get looks. This kid has "it"....and the reason he's in this Utah newspaper is that BYU wanted him to walkon and would possibly have a scholarship after his mission.....oh, and he's being featured so much because he's LDS....

  • TheOfficalCall Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    I watch some video from the local telephone company in his home town and he appears to be quite talented. This was the game where he scored the 70+. He was selfish with the ball, tried to get it into some of his teammates hands. Had way too many turnovers in his attempt to dish and assist. Made a couple of easy to calculate 30' shots. He had guys in his face and was facing a double team the whole time. Hope he gets a Cougar Offer

  • Sports South Santa Clara, UT
    Jan. 9, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    A friend and I drove to Panaca on Friday night to watch this kid play and I will tell you he is unbelievable! His stat line was 62 pts 14 asst 11 reb and 7 steals in an overtime win against a very good Needles (CA) team this is after he had 14 pts at halftime 48 2nd half points. The thing that impresses me is the team he is on is very young and frankly not that good. I know how hard it is to play on a team when you don't have much help the pressure is great to do everything for this kid and he still shines. His shooting, passing, and dribbling is unbelievable. Someone needs to take a chance on this kid you won't be disappointed. By years end he will hold almost every major record in Nevada basketball history. If you get a chance to watch him GO!

  • NPN Henderson, NV
    Dec. 16, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    For those of you that like records and statistics here are Dantleys records (so far) as found in the Nevada (NIAA) State Record Books. Ive listed his rank on each particular list along with his statistic for each category.

    Career Records (2008-2010, 84 games)
    #1 Three Point Field Goals Made: 322 FYI - #2 on list has: 210
    #2 Free Throws Made: 463
    #3 Assists: 567
    #5 Points Scored: 2,183 points
    #5 Free Throws Attempted: 542

    Single Season Records (All Record below are from Jr. Season 2010, 30 games)
    #1 Three Point Field Goals Made: 144
    #1 Assists: 289
    #1 Free Throws Made: 227
    #3 Free Throws Attempted; 257 (88 % free throw shooter)
    #4 Points Scored: 974
    #9 Steals: 121

    Single Game Records
    #2 Assists: 18 (2010 vs.Mountain View)
    #2 Free Throws Made: 24 (2010 vs. West Wendover)
    #3 Free Throws Attempted 27 (2010 vs. West Wendover)
    #4 Three Point Field Goals Made: 10 (2010 vs. Needles)
    #9 Points Scored: 53 (2010 vs. Needles)

    Most Points Scored in a Half
    #9 Points Scored: 32 (2009 vs. Lake Mead)

    Most Points Scored in a Quarter
    # 3 Points Scored:26 (2009 4th Quarter vs. Lake Mead)

  • hoopscout Eugene, OR
    Dec. 15, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    I've been following Dantley for 3 years. He is an amazing talent that spends a great deal of time in the gym. He has excellent ball handling skills and his shot is automatic. He's got a quick release and his basketball IQ very high. He has proven himself against large schools and has done everything in his power to showcase his ability, short of moving to a big city. Like many great players, Dantley shines brightest when the pressure is on. I hope he gets his shot at a D1 school. I've passed his information on to Dana Altman at the University of Oregon. We'd love to have him. Dad's going to have to travel if that happens.

  • cheeksallen43 Antimony, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    I have to agree with the first comment. I play for Piute and have seen and played against Race a lot. He is legit. He is a sophomore right now and is a stud. By the time he is a senior it will be scary.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    Sounds like this kid would be a good player to try and step in and take Jimmers place. Size is important but quickness combined with skills are pretty good too.

  • Desert Coug Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 15, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    I hope Lon Kruger (UNLV) knows about this young man too if the Cougars can't pull the trigger.

  • Sammyg2 springville, Utah
    Dec. 15, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    My High School team ran into him down at Southern Utah over the summer and boy did he make us look bad his team looked like 4 7th graders and then him. We doubled teamed him and that didnt matter. he has mad dribbling skills and an point guard too

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    I've watched high school ball for forty years and could name ten players I watched over the years that went on to play D1 ball AND this kid is better than any I've watched. Walker has every ability. And there is one thing that can overcome size and that's great speed and quickness. This kid is going to play D1 ball because he refuses not to. Come on BYU! Oh! And by the way, Hartsock isn't as good as this kid right now! One on one against Parsons from South Sevier;? no contest. Walker is better in every fasit.

  • thebambino3 cedar city, ut
    Dec. 15, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I've watched Dantley play over the past 3 seasons and he is the real deal. He's a gym rat that can score at will on even the biggest Vegas schools. Don't be threatened Utah, all the greats at BYU and Utah were imports, don't go getting all scared.
    5'10" at the pro level is impossible but at D-1, it's not at all. He can score getting to the basket as well as drain a dozen 3's a game. I think he'd fit in great at BYU or Utah if Kruger at UNLV doesn't get him first.
    Kudos to Dantley easily on his way to break Portland Trailblazers' Luke Babbit's Nevada career high-school scoring record. He averaged 28/game as a sophomore and 33 as a junior. Incredible!!

  • Agg13 Logan, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    If you knew Jaycee's story then you'd agree it sounds a lot like him.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    If the D-1 schools won't give him an offer, he should go to Snow or Dixie. Since he's serving a mission first, he should take the first guaranteed offer that comes, then if he hits 6'0" and fills to 175-180 pounds during the mission, he'll get offers before too long. One year at JUCO or a small school to adjust after the mission, and he'll be ready to go.

  • Z2010 Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    @giggle | 10:12 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

    If he was like Carroll, he would be signed.

    Is he related to an editor of D-news? Seems strange to run this article when there is plenty of in state talent. Sounds like he will need to prove himself via JUCO route after he serves his time on the mission.

  • rickybobby Lyman, WY
    Dec. 15, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    What a great article. I think the most telling thing about Dantley is his amazing statistics against bigger schools. He has proven it against small schools, big schools and on AAU teams. I hope that he get's a shot at a D1 school but if not he's going to go to some D2 or JC school and tear it up leaving many of the D1's scratching their heads.

  • giggle Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    Sounds just like Jaycee Carroll. Carroll played for a small school in WY against supposedly crummy competition. BYU and Utah weren't interested. Randy Rahe (Morril's assistant at the time) went up to watch him play one game and offered a scholarship right then and there, and when Stu found out he wasn't happy about. We all know how he turned out though. Somebody should take a chance on this kid.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    Sounds like a kid who is really doing his best to be all he can be. Small town kids can be great. Look at Jimmer Ferdette. But when you do you see he is also 6'2". Like my father in law the basketball coach can't teach heighth.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    He sounds like a solid player, but a little perspective: He's averaging 27.4 points as a senior, which is terrific, but Noah Hartsock averaged 27.6 at a school five times the size of Lincoln County, and Noah has taken three years to develop into a consistent D1 role player. Oh, and Noah is a long 6'8" to Dantley's skinny 5'10". I'm 6'7" myself, and I was a very run-of-the-mill center for a large-ish school, but my best games were JV contests against small-school varsity teams. I'd tear those guys up, and I was NOT an otherwise outstanding player. Dantley may turn out to be a fantastic D1 player, but I'll defer to the judgement of the pros who've seen him in person.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 7:28 a.m.

    I'd say someone needs to pull the trigger and sign this kid...I hope it's BYU, otherwise it might come back to haunt them.

  • JD Books Monroe, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 7:00 a.m.

    You should really be talking about Race Parsons from South Sevier. He is the real deal and is 6'2.