Super State Basketball

Omaha South's Caleal Walker.

6-4 | Senior

THE NUMBERS

Walker averaged 11.7 points and 3.7 rebounds for the season, but those averages were much higher down the stretch run to the state title. His quickness led to steals and assists on the fast break.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Defense. Coach Bruce Chubick said Walker could go from "pretty tough pressure to in-your jersey pressure" and was the Packers' best defender.

Composure. Walker showed his calm, cool composure in the state tourney, handling pressure and double-teams with ease. "I had to play smarter on defense," he said. "My offense comes from defense and, to me, I think I'm the best defensive player in the state."

COACH SPEAK

"Just look at how much he did — scoring, rebounding, assists. Our players understand it all starts with defense. Caleal is so physically gifted, and he thrives on it. When you give him Ryan Williams, he takes it as a personal challenge. He's going to do the best he can to shut them down. Last summer, I said I thought he was the best player in the state." — Chubick

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