TBS senior sets college hoops path, follows former Eastern Alamance star

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Zion Walker has been on a state championship team as the headline player for The Burlington School boys’ basketball team.

Next stop will be Mount St. Mary’s. He signed a letter-of-intent earlier this month with the NCAA Division I Mountaineers, who are second-year members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“It felt at home for real,” said Walker, a senior guard. “I gained trust with them.”

Walker held an array of offers from Division I schools from teams falling in the mid-major category. He likes the style used by the team in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

“They play through their guards,” he said.

Walker is a cousin to former Eastern Alamance star Junior Robinson, who had a standout college career with Mount St. Mary’s.

Walker, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound player, has been off to a blazing start as a senior. That includes 39 points in a 78-68 victory against St. Maria Goretti, a school in Maryland.

“He’s being a leader right now,” TBS coach George Marshall said. “He comes in and handles business.”

Walker’s goal is to boost the Spartans to another North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association championship. He has individual areas he’s working on.

“My catch-and-shoot (game),” he said. “Be more facilitating. Be more and more of a point guard.”

As a junior, Walker averaged 21.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for TBS. The boys’ team has won the state championship for three years running, in 2021, 2022, and 2023.