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Former Ireton Basketball Stars Find New Homes

Williams headed for Duquense; Walker to Loyola.

Bishop Ireton grad Morakinyo Williams, a 6-foot-11, 260-center will transfer to Duquense University after one season at the University of Kentucky.

Williams played 19 minutes in Kentucky's season opener, but played only 11 more minutes the rest of the season, acoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in just five games.

Williams wanted a chance to play more minutes and make a bigger impact. According to reports, he also considered Tulane and Penn after deciding to leave Kentucky.

As an Ireton senior, he averaged 14 points and 10 rebound, but the team finished just 4-22 overall.

Originally from Solihull, England, Williams was a third-team All-WCAC selection as a senior, when the Cardinals only won four games. He suffered a knee injury during his junior year when current University of Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell was the head coach.

Williams, who originally chose the Wildcats over American and Jacksonville, was granted his release along with Derrick Jasper, a sophomore guard who played in 20 games last season.

<b>SHANE WALKER</b>, a 6-foot-10 power forward will join recent T.C. Williams grad Anthony Winbush at Loyola College next season.

The former University of Maryland recruit played at Bishop Ireton before graduating from Montrose Christian. According to reports, Walker, a native of Northampton, England, enrolled at Loyola in early June and will have three seasons of eligibility left after sitting out the 2008-09 season.

As a junior at Ireton, he averaged 14.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game playing for Driesell. He was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and Top Rebounder in 2006.

At a freshman at U-Md., Walker averaged just 5.3 minutes in 24 games.