November 28, 1977 |
Mount Holly Township, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Rancocas Valley
(Mount Holly Township, New Jersey)
|WNBA draft||1999 / Round: Allocated|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|2012–2013||New York Liberty|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
DeMya Chakheia Walker (born November 28, 1977) is a professional basketball player from the United States.
Walker was born and grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, where she attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School and she set school records for career rebounds (851), rebound average per game (14.2 rpg), most rebounds in a game (29), most points in a season (675), and most career points (1,546).
In her senior year, she was named to the 1995 All-American first team by Street & Smith's New Jersey High School "Female Athlete of the Year", and Parade Magazine All-America Second Team as a high school senior.
University of Virginia
Walker attended the University of Virginia and played on the women's basketball team (known as The Cavaliers) from 1995 to 1999.
By the time she graduated, she became Virginia's all-time leader in field goal percentage, as well as 330 career blocked shots which at the time was ranked 12th in the NCAA record books. She averaged 13.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game during her career.
Her 1,583 points ranks her ninth in school history.
She was named the "Cavalier of the Year", and was an Honorable Mention All-America selection in her senior year (1998-99 season) after leading the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots.
Walker was slected to play with the USA team at the 1999 Pan American Games. The team finished with a record of 4–3, but managed to win the bronze medal with an 85–59 victory over Brazil. Walker averaged 1.6 points per game.
Despite her impressive career in college, Walker was not selected by any of the WNBA teams during the 1999 WNBA Draft, mainly due to the influx of former players from the just-disbanded American Basketball League (ABL), a rival professional women's league. Several of the ABL's star players were selected in that year's draft.
However, prior to the start of the 1999 WNBA season, Walker was assigned to the Minnesota Lynx for its pre-season training camp, but was cut from the team final roster shortly afterwards. Walker spent that summer playing overseas on a professional women's league team in Italy.
On April 24, 2003, the WNBA held a Dispersal draft, where various former players from the newly-defunct Portland Fire and Miami Sol teams were chosen by the existing WNBA teams. Walker was selected by the Sacramento Monarchs as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Dispersal Draft.
- Two months after the Monarchs won the title she announced her pregnancy.
- In April 2006, after going through an intense four days of labor, Walker gave a Caesarean section birth to her first child, a daughter named Zachara. She went on maternity leave and missed the first 11 games of the 2006 WNBA season, before returning to the Monarchs' player roster.
- Earned her degree from Virginia in Government.
- After playing days are over wants to be an attorney in mergers & acquisitions.
- Staff. "Monarchs' Newton and Walker have work to do", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 2005. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Walker, who is from Mount Holly, Burlington County, starred at Rancocas Valley High School in the early 1990s and then at Virginia."
- "Thirteenth Pan American Games -- 1999". USA Basketball. Retrieved 20 Oct 2013.
- WNBA Player Profile
- Walker's blog throughout her pregnancy period
- May 21, 2006 Sacramento Bee column on Walker's return from maternity leave
- Walker returns to Sacramento