Gordon College senior basketball captain Greg Walker is all business on the court and in the classroom. The six foot, seven inch, 245 pound forward for the Fighting Scots joined a select group at the Wenham school when he scored his 1,000-point against North Shore rival Endicott College on Jan. 29.
Walker scores the majority of his points from under the basket, but his jumper late in the first half against the Gulls tied the score a 32 and gave him 1,000 points, becoming the 17th player in school history to break the thousand point barrier.
“I started out slow, I only got 15 points my entire freshman year,” Walker said. “I improved to 13 (points per game) my sophomore year, 12.5 my junior year, and I’m averaging 16 this year for my thousand.”
Endicott would win the game 88-74, snapping a four game losing streak to the Scots. Walker led Gordon with 17 points on the night, giving the Uxbridge native 1,011 points for his career.
With the loss, Gordon fell to 2-5 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, (6-12 overall); the Scots need to win five of their final six games to qualify for the postseason.
“Personal milestones are nice, and I’m honored to get 1,000 points, but my best memory of basketball at Gordon was winning the conference championship last year,” Walker said. “It was something I’ll never forget, we accomplished something as a team and I was with a great bunch of guys too.”
After four years at Northbridge High School, Walker made his way to Gordon, impressed with the school’s academics as well as athletics.
“They were building a new science center, and that’s what really hooked me,” Walker said. “My major is kinesiology and Gordon’s great for me.”
After graduation Walker hopes to become a physical therapist and has a few more years of school ahead of him to reach that goal.
“I’m looking at Northeastern, UMass-Lowell and American International, they all have programs for physical therapy that I’m looking for,” Walker said.
Walker has an apartment in Beverly while he finishes up his senior year; he shares the captaincy duties with teammate Brady Bajema.
“I played a little baseball in high school, but schoolwork and basketball are my passions at Gordon,” Walker said. “I put a lot of work into basketball, but my main focus is my schoolwork and getting my degree.”
“Gordon has been great for me, from my professors Dr. Sean Clark and Dr. Peter Ilpis, and my current coach Tod Murphy, to my teammates who’ve supported me for four years.”
Despite his low point total as a freshman, Walker’s first coach at Gordon, Mike Shauer, knew he had potential.
“One day after a game my freshman year, Coach Shauer pulled me aside and said I could be a 1,000 point scorer,” Walker said. “Coach thought I had some good moves down low, and if I worked hard I could do it, and I did it.”