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Working overtime: Walker’s post game shoot around helping him grow into his role

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Rondel Walker

Rondel Walker looks at his teammates during Oklahoma State's loss to West Virginia in Gallagher-Iba Arena on January 4, 2021.

After a heartbreaking loss to West Virginia, Rondel Walker did what he always does after home games.

Grab a basketball and get back to work.

Just a handful of minutes after West Virginia came back from down 19 points in 11 minutes to hand the Cowboys another conference loss, Walker was back on the court putting in some extra work.

“After every home game, we have a great manager staff, whenever I call on them I know I can count on them to help me out, so I get out and make 400-500 shots and make 100 free throws, then call it a day,” Walker said. “

Walker, a true freshman, has already carved out an important role on the OSU team. Many fans would describe the role he plays as the energizer.

Anytime Walker comes onto the court, his presence is immediately felt on both ends of the court, but especially defensively.

His hard work and focus in just his short time on campus has already warmed the hearts of his fellow Cowboys.

“(Walker’s extra work) means a lot and I’m proud of him,” Kalib Boone said. “It shows that (the freshmen) care about this team and this season, and they aren’t satisfied with where they are at.”

Walker started his post game shooting routine back in high school and has been doing it after home games since.

With NCAA restrictions on official practice time, coach Mike Boynton and his staff have urged players to get extra work to correct errors after games, and Walker has already bought into that.

“I remember watching Rondel play in probably at least five of his high school games, and waiting after the game to chat with him, I called his coach 30 minutes later, he let me back in and Rondel is back on the court.” Boynton said. “He’s a really committed and dedicated kid trying to be his best, and that’s just one example of why he’ll continue to get better.

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