MARKEL WALKER says that she will get a bigger thrill if someone does something good coming off the bench.

That attitude is a team-first approach from Gladstone Port City Power women's latest import who arrived in Gladstone earlier in the week.

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"I like to see my team do well and even if a lesser light player scores, that would cheer me up more than ever if I got 30 points," Philadelphia-raised Walker said.

The 25-year-old got the call from close friend and Power player Tierra Henderson.

"Tierra played here last year and hit me up on Facebook and asked me to join and of course I said yes," Walker said.

The self-confessed all-position player was raised in a family of five sisters and four brothers in a neighbourhood somewhat famous.

"My mum Marcella and all of us were raised in West Philadelphia and the same neighbourhood where Will Smith was raised," Walker said.

Older sister Mercedes introduced her to the sport when a young Walker was just nine year's old.

"She's four years older than me and mum also played basketball," Walker added.

She will don the Power singlet as one of the better-credentialed athletes at the Power having just completed a season with Porte Rican club Ponce.

"I played every position there and it's a good competition where a couple of the girls there made the WNBA competition," Walker said.

Add to that, Walker is the fourth player in women's UCLA history to have achieved a triple double.

As for any dreams of playing at the top level, Walker said she will re-asses that option.

"I'm just trying to find that spark again," she said.

"Playing professional is sometimes political and I just want to play for fun and see where it goes."


Age: 25

Position: Anywhere

Previous club: Ponce in Porte Rica

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