Posted on: April 12, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team will have graduates from South Kamloops Secondary at both ends of the spectrum next season.
Head coach Scott Reeves and the WolfPack are happy to announce that 5’6” guard Lauren Walkley has agreed to join the program for the 2018-19 Canada West season.
“ I was thinking of concentrating more on school next season, Walkley stated. “But after Chuck (WolfPack assistant coach Ferguson) contacted me I thought about it and think it’s a pretty good idea.”
Walkley has played basketball since elementary school. She says her strengths are defense and putting up jump shots.
She is looking forward to playing for her hometown team. “I have watched the WolfPack before. I know it will be a big jump moving to Canada West but I am prepared to work hard to make the transition.”
Walkley will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Arts at Thompson Rivers. Her long term goal is to go into teaching.
Walkley and her twin sister Katherine helped her South Kam Titan team to the Provincial “AA” championship in March and says that squad was pretty special. “We had a lot of different players who came up with big performances. We bonded really well. We were more of a family than a team. We were serious but we could also joke around.”
Lauren was MVP in the championship and a first team all-star. This past season with the Titans she averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 4.9 steals.
Her coach the past two seasons has been longtime South Kam teacher and former TRU alum and men’s assistant coach Del Komarniski. “She was fantastic this year. She was our co-captain and a strong vocal leader. She demonstrated on the floor exceptional play. She progressed nicely. Was very coachable and ‘brought it’ every game and practice. She never cheated us on in effort any time of the year.”
She becomes the WolfPack’s fourth high school recruit for the upcoming season. She also ‘bookends’ three other South Kamloops graduates—Emily Vilac, Kanesha Reeves and Emma Piggin with Thompson Rivers. Those three players are entering their fifth and final year of eligibility.
“It going to be kind of cool to play with those players in my first year of university basketball,” she adds.
Says coach Reeves about his latest recruit, “Lauren is a tremendous athlete and has not reached her full potential. I expect Lauren to have a very solid University career. She is committed to getting better in the classroom and on the court. She will add some needed depth on defense. “
Konarniski has nothing but praise for Walkley and says she is the ‘complete package’ of what a student athlete should be. “ Coach Reeves has scored with Lauren. I think that is a really, really good ‘get’. She is definitely a diamond in the rough. He has done well to get her on board and treat her well. She will definitely be an asset to his program.”
Other recruits that have committed to the WolfPack for next season are: Emily Ferguson (5’7”, guard, Kamloops, BC-NorKam Secondary/Triple Threat), Brooklyn Golt (6’0”, forward, Langley, BC-Brookswood Secondary/BC United), and Jenae John (6’2” post, St.Albert, AB-Paul Kane High School).