GRAFTON, N.D. — Walker Demers is entering her junior year at Grafton High School, but has already experienced a lifetime of memories on the basketball floor.

She added another memory Tuesday when she announced her commitment to play basketball at the University of South Dakota. The 6-3 forward committed to the Coyotes over offers from North Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"I am super excited and proud of Walker. She has handled the process very well." said Grafton head coach Laurie Sieben. "She knew she wanted to stay in the Midwest and plans to go to medical school."

Demers arrived on the scene in 2019 as a eighth grader getting into the rotation for the Spoilers. She had a star turn at the 2020 Class B basketball tournament in Grand Forks in helping the Spoilers to the state title game, Demers had three straight double-doubles at the tournament to land on the all-tournament team.

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Grafton's Cassie Sieben (12) and Walker Demers (24) battle for a rebound with Central Cass' Victoria Richter in the first half Saturday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Grafton's Cassie Sieben (12) and Walker Demers (24) battle for a rebound with Central Cass' Victoria Richter in the first half Saturday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Demers took her game to another level in 2021 as the Spoilers posted a 25-2 record and won the state championship. She was a major reason why, averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds a game. She saved her best game for the state title game against Central Cass going for 20 points as she was named co-tournament MVP.

Demers joins her teammate Carlee Sieben as Division I recruits on last year's Grafton team. Sieben is heading to UND this coming fall.

She'll join a team that won the Summit League Tournament title last March. The Coyotes lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Oregon, a second trip to the tourney in the last three years for USD.