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|Demetrius Walker, 40, scored 7.4 points in about 18 minutes per game for New Mexico last season.|
Q. We talked about this before, but it really seems like you bought into the team concept last year for the first time. What does that mean?
A. It was about me putting myself aside and being in this program with two feet. Being happy for my teammates, being juiced about a pass or excited about plays that I was not involved in. In the past, I was happy but I was also concerned about doing my own thing. Last year, I was invested in the entire team and that was a great feeling, being here in this atmosphere and really playing for the school and for the fans and for my teammates and not for myself. Growing up it was all about me, me, me. Me before the team in everything. It took me a while to adjust to being another type of player, someone who doesn’t think of himself as any better than anybody else, just somebody focused on trying to fight to win and fight to keep playing.
[...] Q. And you are getting very little attention.
A. And that is FINE! I was a sixth man last year and people saw I could play that role but now I’ve got to find my role with the first team. If I do that, maybe people will notice. Maybe they won’t. I’m fine with whatever as long as we win.