Laila Walker, a senior guard on the Summit High School basketball team, has accepted a scholarship to attend Biola University in La Mirada next year.
Walker has been a leader all four years for the SkyHawks, who have been dominant in the Sunkist League.
She was the Sunkist MVP as a junior in 2018-2019, averaging 13 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals per game as Summit went 10-0 in the league and 20-8 overall.
Walker said the community and sense of belonging she felt during her visits at Biola were some of the deciding factors in her decision to join the Eagles.
"I chose Biola because it feels like home," said Walker. "The people I met when I first stepped onto campus showed compassion and I truly loved that type of environment, so I decided it was a necessity in my college journey."
Biola coach Alan Nakamura said he will be glad to have Walker on the team.
"We have enjoyed getting to know Laila and her family over the last year and she is a valuable start to our 2020 signing class," said Nakamura. "We believe we are a great fit for her, and she is a great fit for us, as a university, a community, and a basketball family. She is a humble, godly, intelligent, and talented student-athlete. And we are confident that she will enhance our team culture of 'Together' and 'Receive and Give.' We know she will have an excellent senior year, and we are looking forward to the day she steps on campus as a Biola student-athlete."
Walker plans to major in kinesiology at Biola and hopes to eventually work in the sports medicine field as a physical therapist or athletic trainer.
But first, she will be attempting to help the Summit team capture its seventh straight league championship.