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Walter Lemon Jr.'s athleticism, work ethic deserve closer look

Guard Walt Lemon Jr. attacks the rim during a Bradley home game.
Guard Walt Lemon Jr. attacks the rim during a Bradley home game.
(Photo by Ron Johnson/ PJ Star)

After a stellar college career, former Bradley University guard Walt Lemon Jr., has done just about everything he could to improve his draft stock.

His 48-inch vertical leap was better than top draft prospects Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

Lemon even decided to show off his leaping skills at the 2014 College Slam Dunk Championships in Dallas, Texas.

After his season ended back in March, Lemon made training his top priority.

“Everything can get better,” Lemon said. “I've been serious about getting in the weight room and getting bigger.”

As a junior during the 2012 season, Lemon joined fellow Brave Hersey Hawkins as the only players in Missouri Valley Conference history to record 500 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 70 steals in a single season. Lemon earned All Missouri Valley Conference honors during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and finished seventh on Bradley’s all time scoring list.

“I feel like I did the best that I could,” Lemon said. “Even though we didn't win that much my senior year, I feel like I still made a good resume for myself.”

Standing at 6’3” and about 184 pounds, Lemon’s best fit is to play point guard at the next level. He transitioned to the point guard position during his time at Bradley and with each season he appeared more comfortable in that role. During his senior season, Lemon averaged about 18 points four assists and three rebounds .

Lemon also performed well in the classroom earning a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first-team selection in each of his three years as a starter. In 2014 Lemon became Bradley's first-ever MVC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

There aren’t many 6’3 guards who haven’t turned 22 yet and Lemon’s commitment to the game make him a solid prospect to develop over time. Lemon will be working out with teams until the draft, most recently he worked out with the Indiana Pacers on June 9.

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