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  Jamall Walker

Jamall Walker

Player Profile

Hometown:
Wichita, Kan.

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Third season

Alma Mater:
Saint Louis '00

A passionate and proven mentor at the point guard position, Jamall Walker returned for a second stint as a member of the Ohio University men's basketball program in 2010-11 after originally arriving in Athens as a member of John Groce's initial coaching staff in July of 2008. With 1almost 15 years of coaching experience, Walker brings passion and energy to the Bobcats.

Walker helped D.J. Cooper earn First Team All-Mid-American Conference status in 2011 as the guard was also named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Under Walker, Cooper finished third in the nation in assists averaging almost eight a game and breaking his own single-season record with 263 helpers. Cooper had 10 or more assists in eight games, including a career-best 15 in a win at Akron. He also finished second in the MAC in steals, assist-to-turnover ratio, and minutes played while ranking fifth in scoring,

Walker spent the 2009-10 season on Sean Miller's staff at Arizona gaining some valuable experience with one of the nation's historically-outstanding men's basketball programs.




With Walker mentoring Ohio's point guards in 2010-11, the Bobcats led the MAC in assists per contest at 15. 23 a contest.


Walker made an immediate impact on the Bobcats' ballhandlers in 2008-09, as Ohio led the Mid-American Conference with an average of 13.6 assists per game. Under his tutelage, point guard Michael Allen earned honorable mention All-MAC recognition after becoming just the third player in Ohio history to lead the league in assists per game, while also pacing the conference and ranking in the national top-50 with a 2.26 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Walker came to Ohio after spending the 2007-08 campaign as an assistant at Murray State, helping oversee a Racers squad that posted its 21st winning season in a row and finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season standings.

A 2000 graduate of Saint Louis University, Walker served as an assistant at his alma mater in 2006-07. In addition to his coaching duties, he directed opponent scouting for a Billikens squad that won 20 games for the first time in more than a decade.

Walker is also no stranger to the rigors of the Mid-American Conference, having worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ball State from 2004-06. During his stint in Muncie, Walker was instrumental in recruiting guard Maurice Acker, who claimed MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2006.

Prior to his tenure at BSU, Walker spent two seasons as an assistant coach at junior college powerhouse Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., where he mentored perimeter players and coordinated all recruiting efforts. Redlands was 67-5 in two campaigns with Walker on the bench, earning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I runner-up honors in his final season.

Walker's coaching career began as a varsity assistant at Alton (Ill.) high school in 1999 before serving in the same position at F.L. Schlage High School in Kansas City, Kan., from 2000-02. He has also been invited to perform the role of lecturer and counselor at several high-profile basketball camps, including those hosted by hoops legend Michael Jordan.

The Wichita, Kan., native started 73 games at point guard for Saint Louis University from 1996-99, leading the school to the NCAA Tournament in 1998. He earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team recognition in 1996 after a decorated career at Wichita South High School, where he was named the 1995 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-America nominee. His 350-career assists currently rank sixth on the Billikens' all-time chart.

Walker earned a B.S. in secondary education from SLU in 2000. He has a wife, Rebekah, and a daughter, JaShawn.