It was somewhat of a disappointing year for the Loyola Marymount Lions, but these two seniors should not hang their head as a result. Ashley Hamilton and Taylor Walker end their careers at LMU, but not without leaving their marks at the university.
The 6’7″, 220 pound forward came to LMU under interesting circumstances. Hamilton, who grew up in England, played high school basketball at Lawrence Academy in Boston, American School of Las Palmas in Las Palmas, Spain, and Trinity School in London, England. Hamilton was also born in Hamburg Germany. How LMU found this guy is an unknown, but it clearly has worked out well for both parties.
In his first year as a Lion, he played a great deal off the bench in the first five games before suffering a back injury that ultimately sat him out for the rest of the season. Hamilton earned a medical hardship and his freshman season did not end up counting towards his years of eligibility. In the next four years, Hamilton proved to be a very productive player for LMU. In his career at LMU, Hamilton accumulated 1172 points, 654 rebounds, ans 108 assists. His 1172 points put him at 22nd in the LMU all-time scoring standings, and his 654 rebounds put him at 13th all-time at LMU. Out of the 113 games that Hamilton played at LMU, he started 94 of them.
Hamilton was an integral part of the LMU basketball program during his five year stay in Los Angeles. Although his chances of making an NBA roster are slim, his ability to rebound and score the basketball will certainly give him a good chance at playing professionally overseas.
The 6’1″, 192 pound guard did not start out his college basketball career at LMU, unfortunately. Walker started out at Fullerton Junior College after completing his high school career at Santa Monica High School. After a successful stay at Fullerton JC, he was offered a walk-on spot at LMU, and redshirted the following year.
After only playing in one game his junior season, Walker morphed into a vital part of the Lions team in the 2012-2013 season. Walker started 9 out of the 21 games he played in this year at LMU. He averaged 3.9 points per game, and racked up an average of 16.2 MPG. Walker certainly played a great deal more than the average walk-on, during the 2012-2013 season. Walker is a Political Science major at LMU.