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Clackamas basketball standout Paul Walter signs at Colorado Mesa University

May 21, 2012

Paul WalterOREGON CITY -- Paul Walter, a 6’5 wing and Cougar standout, has accepted a full ride basketball scholarship to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. The scholarship is worth in the neighborhood of $37,000 a year and will cover virtually all of his educational expenses.

“We are really excited to bring Paul Walter into our program,” said CMU associate head coach Andy Shantz. “He’s coming in as a very well prepared player, solid all around, a solid student and kid from a program that really prepares kids well.”

Walter earned a reputation throughout the northwest as a very good athlete and as a tough and skilled basketball player and competitor. He was voted to the 2012 first team all Southern Region and was the MVP runner-up and was Southern Region all defensive team both seasons. A two-year team captain at CCC, Walter was also a leader on the 2011 Southern Region championship team (20-8.) and in 2012 finished in the top 5 in the region in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and three point shooting. He averaged 17.4 points (5th), 9.2 rebounds (3rd), 2.8 assists (7th) and top ten in steals and blocks. Shot 42% for both 3’s and total FG.

“He’s hard nosed and a hard worker; he makes other players better because of his versatility and passing ability and does all the little things that help you win games. We really thought he was the best all around player in the region and we think he will be a really good D2 player,” said coach Wegner.

A 3.3 student, Walter was also a member of the NWAACC all academic team. He has already completed all requirements for his degree at CCC and will receive his AA in June. Added assistant coach and defensive coordinator Paul Fiskum: “He was also our consistent defensive player and always took the toughest matchup for us, from point guards to 4 men. Paul was a very good team leader throughout the year from start to finish.”

At Colorado Mesa, Walter will continue a family tradition of sorts; his father, Paul Walter, attended and played football at the same school.

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