Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Freshman, Guard, #32
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School: Hopewell High School
Hometown: Aliquippa, PA
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How'd She Get to College Park?
Shatori was a bit of an under the radar player when she committed to the Terps in her junior season. By the end of her senior year ESPN.com's HoopGurlz rated her as the 43rd best player in the class. She averaged a double-double at 28 points and 10 rebounds as a senior and was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania. Sometime (I believe just after she gave a verbal to Maryland) Shatori attended a camp run by Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. The legendary coach was so impressed by Walker's performance she asked if the Irish had recruited her. When Walker-Kimbrough sais no, McGraw responded, "We are now." The thing is, Shatori was already a Terp.
Brenda and staff ramp up their run the opponent into the ground strategy rotating players in and out with dizzying rapidity. In this system, Shatori gets in ten to twelve minutes a game and picks up about six points and three rebounds per outing.
Shatori is a versatile athlete with a fairly polished offensive game that could be the surprise of the freshman class. But she's moving up a level in competition and will likely have to become a better defender. As with the other freshmen, the depth of the 2013-14 version of the Terps should allow her to make an unhurried transition to the college game. I suspect she will make some mistakes but will recover because of her sheer athleticism.