TBS standout Zion Walker switches to Radford

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

It didn’t take Zion Walker long to find a new landing spot.

Walker, a guard who completed his final season in boys’ basketball for The Burlington School in February, went back on the collegiate market and has signed to play for Radford. So he won’t be going to Mount St. Mary’s.

After Mount St. Mary’s coach Dan Engelstad resigned to take an assistant coaching position at Syracuse, Walker announced that he would request a release from his national letter of intent from the Maryland school and reopen his recruitment.

“I went real good,” he said. “I didn’t expect so many people to want me after the decommitment. But it was because of God that gave me a lot of help.”

TBS coach George Marshall said he had been in contact with several colleges about potential openings for Walker, who quickly had a couple of visits scheduled. That included a stop at Radford – and he decided he didn’t need to go anywhere else.

“I went to Radford and committed on the spot,” he said of the Big South Conference school in southwestern Virginia. “When I was going to go to Mount, they treated me like one of their players already and that was the same thing with Radford.”

According to recruiting services, Walker, who holds a three-star distinction, is the highest-rated signee in the Radford program’s history.

“He is a guard who has consistently proven that he is a winner throughout his high school career, and we know he will bring a high level of competitiveness on a daily basis,” Radford coach Darris Nichols said in a statement from the school.

Walker said he was anxious to find a new school. Now it’s a matter of fitting in with the Highlanders.

“Every college is going to have their guards,” he said. “I just have to work for it.”

After his release from Mount St. Mary’s, Walker said he also was contacted by Elon, Charlotte, Canisius, Furman, Georgia Southern, Howard, Longwood, Milwaukee, and New Orleans.

Walker, who turned 19 on April 15, said his parents, Dana and Zo Walker, were happy to have him going to a college closer to home. He’ll report to Radford for summer classes in mid-June.

Radford has had a string of players from Alamance County across the past dozen years. Most recently, T.J. NeSmith of Graham was injured early during the past season and took a redshirt year, while TBS product Josiah Jeffers wrapped up his Radford career in the 2022-23 season. Walker said he has worked out with Jeffers in the past.

Walker, who was part of three TBS state championships (in 2021, 2022, and 2023), is planning to play in the Josh Level Classic on May 11 at Greensboro Grimsley.

Walker, a 6-foot-2 guard, is the all-time leading scorer in TBS history with more than 2,000 points. He averaged 19.6 points and 2.8 assists per game as a senior.