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Tyson Walker earns Jerry West Award Midseason Top 10 nomination for nation's top shooting guard

January 30, 2024
<p>Graduate student guard Tyson Walker (2) celebrating a made layup during a game against James Madison University at the Breslin Student Events Center on Nov. 6, 2023.</p>

Graduate student guard Tyson Walker (2) celebrating a made layup during a game against James Madison University at the Breslin Student Events Center on Nov. 6, 2023.

Photo by Donté Smith | The State News

Michigan State men's basketball's graduate student guard Tyson Walker was named a Midseason Top 10 candidate for the 2024 Jerry West Award, recognizing the top shooting guards in Division I college basketball, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday afternoon.

Walker, a Northeastern transfer in 2021 and native of Westbury, NY, leads the 12-8 Michigan State Spartans with 19.3 points per game, shooting 47% from the field and 40% from three-point line. Walker has also reached double figures in scoring in 31 consecutive outings.

Walker was also the Spartans' leading scorer last season as a true senior, leading the Spartans to the Sweet 16 with a game-high 23 points against Marquette when 7-seed MSU upset the Big East Champion Golden Eagles in the round of 32.

After being outlasted by Markquis Nowell and the Kansas State Wildcats in Madison Square Garden, Walker returned to East Lansing for a fifth year of college basketball and has been both the Spartans' spark plug and closer through 20 games of play.

Walker and the Spartans host the Michigan Wolverines tonight in the Breslin for an in-state rivalry game at 9:00 p.m. The game will be streamed exclusively on Peacock.

Fan voting for the Jerry West Award will begin on Friday, Feb. 2, on hoophallawards.com. Three Big Ten guards have won since 2015: Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (2022), Purdue's Carsen Edwards (2018) and Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell (2015). 

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