What had been speculated for several months was confirmed recently when Panaca’s Dantley Walker, a redshirt freshman at UNLV, told coach Dave Rice he would like to transfer to somewhere else in search of more playing time
Greg Walker, Dantley’s father, told the Record, Dantley met with Rice and said he would like to transfer and asked for a release of his scholarship at UNLV.
He said the release was given, “and now other schools are able to talk with him about coming to their program. He will probably be able to get a full a scholarship from whichever school he selects. He’s been talking to a bunch of different schools, and will likely decide in the next couple of weeks. He would like to stay in Division I, but the problem is they don’t do hardship transfers anymore, so he would have to sit out another year, then he could play three more years.”
Dantley himself, though, was not available for comment.
This season, he appeared in 11 games for UNLV, averaging 2.4 points in 5.8 minutes per game.
Rice said in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, “He (Dantley) has enjoyed his experience, but he wants to find a school where he can have a bigger role in terms of playing time.” Rice said, “He has been a great teammate.”
A graduate of Lincoln County High School in Panaca, Walker is Nevada’s all-time high school leader in points and assists, and signed a letter of intent in 2011 to attend UNLV when Lon Kruger was coaching there. He was allowed to serve a two-year Mormon mission before joining the team.
He was a redshirt the first year, then this year played sparingly in a reserve role. Against some of the Division I schools UNLV played, he only played more than four minutes on three occasions.
He was expecting to get more playing time late in the season after one of the star players was injured, but then suffered a season-ending knee injury himself.