Athlete of the month: January

Julianna Walker scores athlete of the month


Julianna Walker smiles widely after a big win against Forest Ridge.

Kaitlin Tan

Annie Wright freshman Julianna Walker, Inkwell’s January student-athlete of the month, is a star basketball player for not only the Annie Wright team but also her basketball club.

Walker’s love for basketball sparked at the age of 3. Inspired by her father, who played frequently, she began going to the gym with him.

Walker currently plays on the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) girls’ basketball team, which is one of the largest multi-sports organizations in the country. She said that one of the major differences about playing on the Annie Wright basketball team and the AAU team is the frequent traveling with the AAU team.

As a freshman, this is Walker’s first season for Annie Wright. In the first game against Forest Ridge, she scored 43 points, a school record. Last week in the game against Bush, she scored 50 points. Currently, she scores an average of 33 points per game. She also was named State Athlete of the Week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for the week of December 3-9.

Last year she got nominated for the USA team for girls’ basketball, which is her biggest accomplishment, and her dream is to play collegiate basketball with a scholarship. As of right now, she feels she is doing pretty well, but mentioned, “there’s always room for improvement.”

Inkwell spoke to Walker about her basketball experiences:

Inkwell: What do you like most about basketball?

Walker: Everything you do, you have to have a team to do it.

The thing I like most is probably winning. I always like to win.

— Julianna Walker

Inkwell: Do you have any memorable experiences?

Walker: I used to play with boys when I was younger so that was a weird experience, but it wasn’t too bad, I guess. It just made me tougher.

Inkwell: Who is your favorite basketball player?

Walker: For girls, it’s always been Sue Bird. I’ve always been to her games. For guys, right now, Steph Curry.

Inkwell: How many times per week do you train?

Walker: Typically, every day for two hours.