By Madisen Carter
Recent Whitman College graduate, Walter Lum, is back for the summer as a player development coach at Unlimited Potential Basketball. Lum has played the game of basketball since he was just seven years old and has played all the way through college. Lum leaves his college career at Whitman with a Northwest Conference title under his belt along with a First-Team recognition.
Whitman College finished its season with an overall record of 22-5, the team’s best record since the 2018-19 season. Lum said a mixture of the chemistry between the team and the players knowing their role on the team led to Whitman’s success that took them all the way to the Northwest Conference Championship.
“My favorite memory from this past season had to be us cutting down the nets after winning our regular season conference title,” Lum said. “[It] showed [that] all the hard work that we put in [during the] preseason and the [regular] season paid off to achieve a goal that we had set out as a team.”
Along with the Conference Title, Lum was also First Team All-Conference. He finished his final season with a total of 328 points, 97 assists and 91 rebounds while averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He had his highest scoring game of the season with 25 points when the team traveled to Pacific Lutheran and beat the Lancelutes 79-67.
Lum is now back at UPB for summer and he is ready to take on his new role as a player development coach. Last summer Lum was an intern, and he wanted to come back due to the facility’s fun and fulfilling environment along with training and learning from UPB’s other player development coaches. He said he enjoys giving back to the younger athletes and giving them tools and tips to become a better basketball player.
“I'm looking forward to being able to help other people just get better at basketball,” Lum said. “It's a pretty rewarding feeling just seeing them when they are able to learn something new and apply it to their game.”
Now that Lum has graduated from Whitman College with a Psychology degree, he is now looking forward to the next chapter in his basketball career. He is currently looking at different options, possibly playing professionally overseas.
We are so excited to have Lum back on the team and to share his basketball knowledge with the athletes that come into our training facility. We look forward to seeing the difference he makes at the facility!