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Reno High's Adia Walker is a rising star on the basketball court

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Trying to figure out Northern Nevada next big basketball star? Remember the name Adia Walker.

“Tremendous work ethic,” said Walker’s coach Eathan O’Bryant from the Nevada Basketball Academy. “I mean, she's one of those kids, if she could get away with sleeping in the gym and doing school in the gym, she would be that kid that would be live in the basketball gym. That's how much she loves the game of basketball.”

A rising junior at Reno High, Walker fell in love with basketball early and wants to see how far she can get if she pours everything she has into it.

“How much work I put in, like being in the gym every single day, traveling to California because California has such better competition, the better competition you play, the better you get,” Walker said.

While juggling being a full-time student and playing basketball for her high school, Walker also plays for the Nevada Basketball Academy and the Cal Stars. She travels cross country to play in tournaments all year long and recently played in tournaments in Louisville and Chicago. She has events this week in Roseville and Orange County.

“I had a lot of good players that come through the program that's one on and played Division I basketball at the highest level,” Bryant said. “And they all have sort of the same thing. A lot of people say they have the ‘it’ factor. It's true, but those are the kids where you can coach them hard, you can push them and they still keep coming back to the gym. They still keep coming back for more. So as a coach, you test them that way. And the ones that keep coming back and ask for extra time in the gym, those are the ones that go on to make it. And she has that same pedigree as those kids that come along in the past.”

Walker has played basketball for more than half her life and says while looking into the near future she’d love to continue her career at the collegiate level.

“Playing D-I at a school somewhere preferably close because I love my parents and I love being close to them," Walker said of her goals.

Outside of playing for multiple teams, there’s another thing Walker says has strengthened her performance.

“I used to play with boys a lot,” Walker said. “It's harder to have the ball on you all the time because they're always on you and you have to really earn the respect so you don't get the ball a lot. If you're pretty constant in passing the ball and you're moving and all that sort of stuff, they start to trust you more and that's where you get your game."

While dedicating her life to the game, she’s thankful to have a family that supports her.

“Just my parents,” Walker said. “They work so hard and they're so amazing and they are so supportive and everything. I just like I want to be that supportive, like one day if I ever have a kid”

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