On a cold, rainy evening Jan. 5 many Lincoln County basketball fans traveled to St. George to watch a game very close to their hearts. The Silverswords from Chaminade University in Hawaii played Dixie State University Rebels.
One of the Lincoln County Lynx favorite basketball players, Dantley Walker, is playing his sophomore year at Chaminade for the Silverswords.
Walker, after graduating from LCHS went on to serve a two-year LDS mission in Washington State, spent two years with UNLV, the first as a redshirt.
In an exclusive interview Walker said, “I wanted to experience life in Hawaii, I wanted to go there and play good basketball.” He has two more years after this one to play in Hawaii. He is majoring in history and plans on being a history teacher someday. His love for the game keeps him motivated to the success he is today. “I’ve been playing since I was two years old. I just love to play, what drives me is the love of the game. If you don’t love the game it’s hard to play, you gotta love it.”
The evidence of that shows on the court, where he is the first one off the bench to high five his teammates.
Walker wanted Lincoln County fans to know, “I miss Lincoln. I love Hawaii, and I don’t want to leave, but I miss them.”
The Burns Arena came alive with the Lincoln fans cheering when Walker was put into the game. Everyone in the private Lincoln section made sure he felt the support and love from the community. A Walker three pointer got the decibel level up, just like old times.
Walker finished with three points and was 1-3 from the field, all three point attempts, he had an offensive rebound, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes of action.
So far this season he’s averaging two points per game in a reserve role for the Silverswords.
As far as the girls are concerned? Sorry ladies, he has girlfriend in Hawaii.