Friday Night Sports Hero: Brendon Walker
The Mullen Senior is this week’s Friday Night Sports Hero
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Brendon Walker is this week’s Friday Night Sports Hero. The Senior guard has led Mullen to the MNAC Finals. Brendon and the Broncos will play for the conference championship tomorrow night, and just like every time he steps on the court, Brendon will look to improve his game.
“[I’m] always wanting to be better. Not necessarily better than everybody else, just knowing I can get better myself...You watch all the pro’s and if they’re that good, why can’t I be that good, you know?” asked Brendon.
A powerful mindset, and an even stronger work ethic, say those close to him:
“Brendon is probably the hardest working kid in any sport I know. [He’s an] all around great guy, good leader, and great friend.”
“He practices with an edge and that’s what we need...He sets the tone for us everyday and you can see it in his leadership on and off the court,” said Mullen’s Head Coach Brad Wright.
It’s been a challenging journey for Brendon over the years. A hospitalization his sophomore season prevented him from competing in his Sub-District game. Worse yet, he lost one of his coaches to cancer that same year. For Brendon, basketball is more than a sport, it has provided him many valuable life lessons.
“I’d say it’s taught me obviously adversity and being able to get through the hard times and having fun while you do it. It’s about being with your friends and knowing how to get through that stuff with them, not just by yourself sulking at home...It’s getting out, putting the work in, and having fun with your friends and family,” said Walker.
Brendon believes that this year’s Mullen squad can win a State Title. That confidence is a defining characteristic of his, but make no mistake, Brendon is as humble as they come.
“He’s a great talent but he’s also very humble about it. It shows in his leadership, he doesn’t get frustrated too easily. He just stays within himself and makes people around him better,” said Coach Wright.
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