Megan Walker Diary: No. 1 girls hoops recruit, women's U18 team ready to compete in Chile

Megan Walker Diary: No. 1 girls hoops recruit, women's U18 team ready to compete in Chile

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Megan Walker Diary: No. 1 girls hoops recruit, women's U18 team ready to compete in Chile

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(Photo: USA Basketball)

(Photo: USA Basketball)

In the days leading up to the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Chile, USA TODAY High School Sports will chronicle Megan Walker’s journey with the team. Walker, the No. 1 player in the class of 2017, has starred at Monacan (North Chesterfield, Va.) for the past three seasons, starting every game of her high school career. Follow along as Walker leads us through training camp, leading up to the team’s first game Wednesday in Chile.

The week in Colorado was great. We practiced twice a day and scrimmaged Japan, so that was a different experience for the whole team because they were really quick and moved the ball really well.

We went to the movies as a team and saw “The Secret Life of Pets,” so that was a good bonding experience. We’re really starting to know each other, both on the court and off. We’re getting to know each other away from basketball, but we also are starting to figure out where people like the ball so we can get each other involved in the game.

MORE: Read Megan’s first diary here

Personally, my game continues to get better. Definitely playing with top-notch guards makes me work on my ball-handling and actually protecting the ball and not being so lax with it. I’ve definitely gotten better at my rebounding, because coach really stresses rebounding on this team. When you’re playing with people on this level, you have to stay on your toes. You always have to be ready for something.

Walker (11) is ready to win gold in Chile. (Photo: USA Basketball)

Walker (11) is ready to win gold in Chile. (Photo: USA Basketball)

Our first game is Wednesday against Guatemala, and we want to come out ready and blow them off the court. We’ve put in the work. Practices have been going well, scrimmages have been going well, so I think we’re ready as a team. The international game is a lot more physical, so we’re going to have to be strong in the paint and ready to play, because they’re competing to win too, just like us.

As far as the actual travel and staying in Chile, I feel pretty comfortable because I have been all over. I was just in Brazil so I have a pretty good idea as to what it will be like. The food is going to be good, and there’s going to be a lot of people.

I’m definitely excited to visit another country. I’m just really looking forward to winning with my teammates, winning gold.

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