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Hunter Walker is a three-year player for the UC San Diego men's basketball team.

This season, well, he's done things a third-year player, who is also a starter, is expected to do.

The junior Righetti High School graduate is the leading scorer for a Tritons team that is 12-8, including 10-6 in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. He averages 12 points a game and is shooting at a .455 clip from the field. That is third-best on the team.

"My role on the team is just expanded," from what it was, the 6-foot-4 guard-forward said by phone recently.

"I've just been able to work into it."

Walker has thrived doing some of the same things he did at Righetti when he helped the Warriors make it to the CIF Southern Section divisional title game his senior year.

"Sometimes I'll shoot 3s, but (on offense) my main responsibilities are to drive to the basket aggressively and try to at least get to the (foul) line or spot up and shoot," he said.

He has taken 72 free throws, most on the team, and made 57 for a .792 percentage. That's second-best on the squad.

The 44 assists Walker has racked up leads the Tritons. His seven blocked shots puts him second on the squad in that category. His 3.8 rebounds a game average ranks fourth on the team.

At 29.8 minutes per game, he is second on the team in minutes played. He trails team leader Drew Dyer by an average of two tenths of a minute.

There is one stat Walker would like to change. His frequent drives in the lane do put him at risk for turnovers, and he leads the team in that department with 43.

All in all, however, it has been a solid season for Walker, and he has helped put the Tritons in a solid position to qualify for the postseason conference tournament.

"We're tied for fourth place," with four league games left to play, Walker said.

"The top six teams in the conference get in. We're in a nice position. If we just take care of things as we should, we'll be in."

Hunter Walker is part of a basketball-rich family. His father, Eric, played for Cal Poly. His younger brother, Cameron, is a senior at Righetti and was highly recruited before he signed with Stanford last year.

When he spoke during his freshman year in college, Hunter acknowledged that adjusting to college academics was a process for him at first. However, he's long since settled in.

"Classes are going well," he said recently.

Some college students agonize about a career choice. That has not been a problem for Hunter Walker.

He is majoring in economics, with a minor in accounting, and he has been honing in on a career as a certified public accountant for awhile. "That's my long-term goal, to be a CPA," he said.

"I hope to get an accounting internship in Santa Maria, and it looks like that's going to work out," said Hunter. "If it doesn't, my coach (Eric Olen) said he can arrange to get me one in the San Diego area."

As for the Tritons' program, "This has been our best year since I've been here, but we're really looking forward to next year," Hunter Walker said.

"(Five) of us are juniors. We don't have any seniors."

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