It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Megan Walker arrived on the national scene. As a sophomore, she helped lead Monacan (North Chesterfield, Va.) High to its first state championship in school history. Then, entering her junior year, she took on a greater leadership role and helped the Chiefs to another title and 29-1 record.
But, if we’re being honest, it was probably when she scored a state-record 50 points in a February game against reigning state champion Cosby (Midlothian, Va.) High. In a twist of fate, Walker was honored as a 1,000-point scorer before the game.
“I put in a lot of work preparing for that game,” she said. “We practiced hard as a team and individually I got up a lot of extra shots the night before. From the tip, I had the mindset of wanting to win, not expecting to score 50.
“I’d say it was the perfect night. Fifty points found me.”
And, as impressive as her prep career has been to that point, her story is really just beginning.
Walker has enjoyed an eventful summer with USA Basketball’s U18 team, which has taken her all over the world.
“I got the opportunity to travel the world; I visited three countries. It definitely elevated my game, with the level of competition overseas, and the level of competition with USA Basketball,” Walker said. “We were making each other better, pushing each other every day.”
If nothing else, it earned the Americans a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Chile.
Walker, playing alongside the likes of American Family Insurance ALL-USA first-teamer and Baylor signee Lauren Cox, led the team in minutes and averaged 9.6 points per game during the tournament.
But perhaps she was more impressive in the USA Basketball 3×3 U18 national tournament, helping her team to a 7-0 record and winning the skills competition. Her performance helped her team qualify for the world championships, played in Kazakhstan, where they took second place.
Her goal for the 2017 high school season is simple: win it all. Again.
“We’re two-time state champs,” she said, “so we’re trying to go back and get a third one.”
As the top player in the class of 2017, Walker isn’t short on college suitors. But she has narrowed her list to three—Connecticut, Notre Dame, Texas—and she expects to make a decision at the end of September, following her official visits.
No matter where she ends up, it seems the 6-1 will remain intent on staying grounded, as Walker attributes a portion of her success to her modesty.
“My humbleness and how I carry myself on and off the court help make me the No. 1 athlete in the class of 2017.”
Still, coming off a summer where she led a loaded U18 team in minutes while in Chile, Walker will have some lofty expectation in store. And to be entering her senior year, having helped Monacan to consecutive state titles—the first two in school history—the top player in the class of 2017 will be center stage whenever she takes the floor.
Walker, seemingly, is taking it all in stride.
“I don’t feel any pressure,” she said. “It’s what’s expected. It’s what I want to do.”