Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
The New Mexico Lobos' leading bench scorer just a season ago is suspended for a 'violation of team rules.'
Guard Demetrius Walker's string of inactivity during the New Mexico Lobos' final slate of home games had flown somewhat under the radar. After all, Walker was only a handful of weeks removed from sustaining a knee injury against Fresno State that was initially feared to be season-ending.
After New Mexico's 53-42 win over Wyoming on Saturday, it had been four games since Walker had recorded a single minute on the court. As the Lobos' 2011-12 leading bench scorer, brows were raised when a seemingly healthy Walker appeared to be routinely skipped over in favor of freshman Cleveland 'Pancake' Thomas. When asked about his position on the depth chart following the game, head coach Steve Alford admitted that Walker had, in fact, been passed by Thomas. "It doesn’t mean Demetrius can’t get back in there," Alford added.
On Monday, it was announced that Walker had been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. While it remains unclear what specifically led to the suspension and whether Walker will see the court during the Mountain West and NCAA Tournaments, it's a well-documented fall for the Arizona State transfer who had struggled mightily throughout the regular season. Walker was averaging 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game including the entire month of January in which he failed to record a single field goal.