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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus graduate Jayden Walsh will play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus graduate Jayden Walsh will play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy. Copyright - DonHerb

Walsh felt at home at FDU

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Emmaus High School graduate Jayden Walsh was a newcomer to the varsity boys basketball team during the 2019-20 campaign. In his first season with the Green Hornets, he shone bright enough to garner interest to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level. When it came down to deciding which school he would attend next year, one school stood out among the rest.

“I chose FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) because it felt like home once I stepped foot on campus,” said Walsh. “I had some other offers and options from other Division III schools, but I just fell in love with FDU.”

The Green Hornets had a younger and more inexperienced team this past winter compared to ones before it. They competed in nearly every game, but struggled to pull off many victories. The senior Walsh was one of the bright spots as a leader for the team, and head coach Steve Yoder called Walsh a “great kid and great teammate, very coachable.”

“My senior season, all in all, was definitely an experience,” Walsh said. “Although as a team we wish we could’ve done better, the season was definitely something I will always remember. I’m thankful for the opportunity that the coaching staff gave me to go out and play my game.”

Walsh played in 21 of the team’s 22 games last season and averaged a little over seven points per game. He had a breakout senior season due to the hard work he put in to it over the couple of months prior to the year.

“I used my offseason last year to prepare myself to be a starter this season,” said Walsh. “I worked out every day and I owe a lot of my success to the trainers that took the time to work me out and help me reach the next level.”

As a student-athlete at Emmaus, Walsh has gained valuable experience and teaching that will help me while he heads off to college and bigger and better things.

“Emmaus prepared me for the next level not only on the court, but off the court as well,” Walsh said. “With the academic schedule challenging me to be the best in the classroom, the basketball competition has allowed me to improve my game and prepare me to play in college.”