PJ Walker (Saginaw Heritage), a second-year MML guard, was quoted today in the lede of a story written about Saginaw’s rich basketball tradition.
Less than a half hour after classes ended for the day at Saginaw Heritage High School, Preston Walker Jr. is dribbling on the hardwood at a local gym across the street.
“I work for about four hours every day on my game,” said Walker, who went to the Class A district finals with Heritage this season before the team bowed out to its crosstown rival, Saginaw Arthur Hill.
Like many youths in this struggling, old manufacturing town, Walker’s life is largely about basketball. They have role models in abundance, including Draymond Green, the emerging star at Michigan State, who is performing brilliantly in the NCAA Tournament.
“Draymond was my coach in eighth grade in a basketball camp,” Walker said. “So, I got to work with him. And in eighth grade going into ninth grade, I worked with him at open gyms at Saginaw High.
“He was real nice. He’s hard-working,” Walker said. “He’s always telling me to stay in school and keep my grades up.”