Class 5A-6A All-Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year -- Jasmine Walker -- 6-foot-3 sophomore forward | Jeff Davis

Class 5A-6A All-Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year -- Jasmine Walker -- 6-foot-3 sophomore forward | Jeff Davis


Class 5A-6A All-Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year -- Jasmine Walker -- 6-foot-3 sophomore forward | Jeff Davis


■ Averaged 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Vols, who finished 24-7.

■ Class 6A second-team All-State, the ninth in 14 years for JD.

■ Was the Class 6A Central Regional most valuable player.

■ Scored at least 20 points in JD’s first four playoff games before finishing with 10 in the regional finals. Had six in the state semifinals.

■ Started drawing major college interest last year when she was a freshman.

■ Posted a career-high 31 points in a late-January win over Sidney Lanier.

■ Jeff Davis, under coach LaKenya Knight, reached the Class 6A semifinals for the seventh time in 14 years. JD has made the regional finals 10 times in 14 years.

How good was season?

“I had a good year. It was awesome and a lot of fun. I can say the highlight was when we played against Carver in the (6A, Area 6) tournament. Coach Knight made a play and said, ‘We really need this 3,’ and I made it.”

Sophomore MVP?

“It feels awesome. It puts a lot of pressure on me. I know we have a big target on our back, but we’re going to play through it. As a team, we’ll work through it.”

Spring plans?

“I’m going to work on my game more and be more aggressive. I’m going to gain more confidence in my team and in myself.”

Besides basketball?

“More basketball. Sometimes I hang out with my mom or go out to the movies with my teammates and friends.”


“I’m playing AAU ball and we might go to Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando. I’ll probably play with the Southern Stars with some players from all over. Some are from Shades Valley. We have some from Austin, Catholic, Carver. There are a few more.”

Favorite movie?

“Kevin Hart in “Ride Along.” It’s funny. There’s another movie that came out, “About Last Night.” That’s the best one. When I go to the movies, I get popcorn and Skittles, sour Skittles.”

Movies when you’re 6-3?

“I’ll sit not too far in the back but not too close, either. That way, they don’t see me. I don’t have to hear, ‘Get out of the way.'”

Best class?

“I like science. I have chemistry now, but that’s my favorite. Science is very interesting. You learn the parts of a human body, you learn parts of an animal. There’s a lot you learn in science.”

Worst class?

“Math. Math has been my problem ever since I was little. I don’t know. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done better. I’m doing a lot better than I did.”

College calls?

“They call me a lot, but they don’t call me. They call my mom and she’ll tell me. Mom says they call three or four times a week. I’m looking forward to (recruiting). It’s very fun. I’ve talked the most with Rutgers, mostly, and Georgia, but I’m open to anybody right now.”

Craziest teammate?

“Like in a funny way, good to hang around with, we have multiple people. It’s about the whole team. There’s Brandi (Shelton), there’s Skyy (Ellis), there’s (Lavarsha) Thigpen, there’s Charlene (Tillman). There’s all of them.

“Charlene did the funniest thing this year. We were in a hotel and she lost her money. She said it was the housekeeper. We told her, ‘Charlene, this isn’t a house.’ She said ‘hotelkeeper’ and we kept going. She was getting so mad. She never found her money and the lady was gone. She thought the lady had it.

“Charlene went overboard for that $20.”

Favorite food?

“Macaroni. It’s good. I have it every once in a while, on Sundays sometimes. If I ask my mom to cook it, she’ll cook it. I hate broccoli and cole slaw. I don’t like those.”

Learning to drive?

“My mom (Charlotte Savage) taught me. I’m a good driver. I can take her around some places. The hardest thing was when I first had to back up because I was scared I was going to run into something. I haven’t ran into anything. She’ll tell me when we’re too close to something or, if the traffic is too heavy, she’ll tell me when to go. She’ll let me drive. I’ll ask and she’ll tell me, ‘Go ahead and get it.'”

Next year?

“We want to take it to the top. I need to get better on my post game. That’s what I most need to work on.”

Growth spurt coming?

“There’s a good chance I might grow some more.”


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