Detroit -- Jordan (Jordy) Walker tossed aside her knee brace and had the season to remember for Muskegon Mona Shores this winter, capping off her senior year by being named Michigan’s Miss Basketball on Monday.
Walker, who suffered an ACL injury after her sophomore year, had a strong junior year while wearing a brace on her left knee, then followed it up by averaging 22 points, nine rebounds, six steals and 4.5 assists to help Mona Shores reach a Class A regional semifinal.
In a game against Grand Rapids Union, Walker showed her all-around ability with a quadruple-double (22 points, 14 rebounds, 14 steals, 10 assists).
“The ACL brace held her back a little bit her junior year,” Mona Shores coach Brad Kurth said. “Her points and rebounds were pretty good as usual, but it was like the weights were taken off when that knee brace came off and she was 100 percent. She fills up every area of the stat sheet and that’s an amazing thing.”
Walker, a 5-foot-8 guard who signed with Western Michigan, won the prestigious honor by a 2,482-2,382 margin over Kierra Fletcher of defending Class A state champion Warren Cousino in voting by BCAM members.
Destiny Pitts of Detroit Country Day finished third (1,814), followed by Deja Church of Southfield A&T (1,338) and Kamaria McDaniel of Dearborn Heights Robichaud (1,191).
Ironically, Walker’s father Jarvis played at Dearborn Heights Robichaud in the mid-1980s before a Hall of Fame career at Ferris State. Her mother, Daniele Smith-Walker, was also a Hall of Fame basketball player at Ferris State.
Walker’s younger brother, also Jarvis, was Mona Shores’ leading scorer this past winter as a freshman and is on pace to possibly be putting his name on the Mr. Basketball ballot in 2020.
Fletcher will play at Georgia Tech, Pitts at Minnesota, Church at Michigan and McDaniel at Penn State. Walker will join her older sister, Jasmyn Walker, a junior at WMU.
Walker feels fortunate to rebound so well after the ACL injury.
“Accepting this award is humbling,” Walker said. “I tore my ACL my sophomore summer leading into my junior year and reporters asked me if that would deter me from my dream of being Miss Basketball, and I always responded no, never because the God I serve is somebody who can make a way out of no way.
“Just from, even the start of my ACL, tearing it, no bleeding or swelling, being able to have my surgery only a week later, going to rehab, no complications, finishing in five months, going through that with no complications, never missing a practice or game, He’s just showed me the way to this point.”
Walker felt fortunate to be put on the Miss Basketball ballot with the other four players.
“When I found out about the finalists I knew that they were great players,” she said. “I’ve seen them play and played against some of them, so to be able to be on the Miss Basketball ballot was an amazing honor.”
Walker found out Thursday afternoon when Kurth asked her to come to his office.
“My coach called me down and we had played that Tuesday (regional semifinal) and lost to East Kentwood, so I thought he wanted to talk about the game or something like that,” Walker said. “He had my mom called in too, and after we sat down and got settled, he said, ‘Well, you’re Miss Basketball,’ and it was like my heart and stomach just dropped. Then, my mom said, ‘What? What?’ and we started jumping around.”