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George Mason says men’s basketball recruit charged in Georgia murder won’t be admitted

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 11/18/2021 Glynn A. Hill
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A recent George Mason signee was one of two Atlanta-area high school basketball players arrested Wednesday night in connection with the October robbery and murder of a 24-year-old man in Alpharetta, Ga.

Alpharetta police arrested Cameron Walker, 17, and teammate Jonathan Murray, 18, on charges of murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery after the Oct. 14 killing of Connor Mediate, a former Kennesaw State student whom authorities said they found unconscious at an Alpharetta apartment complex before he was declared dead at the scene.

Police identified Walker and Murray in a statement released Wednesday night, adding that the “arrests follow an intense month long investigation that identified the two Milton High School student athletes as the perpetrators” and that the case remains under investigation. Both Walker and Murray played in Milton High’s season-opening game Wednesday night against Roswell before their arrests. They are being held without bond in Fulton County jail.

In a statement to The Washington Post, George Mason, which deleted social media posts Thursday afternoon that highlighted Walker’s commitment, said he “can no longer be considered for admission” to the team.

“We are devastated that a young person in Georgia lost his life and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family,” it said. “We take these matters with the utmost level of seriousness. Cameron Walker’s family has been notified that he can no longer be considered for admission into the George Mason University men’s basketball program.”

Murray is a 6-foot-7, two-sport star who has an offer to play football at Virginia, according to 247 Sports. Walker, a 6-foot-4 guard, joined first-year George Mason Coach Kim English’s 2022 recruiting class — which 247 Sports ranks second in the Atlantic 10 — when he signed with the program Nov. 10. Milton’s boys’ basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the country by maxpreps.com.

“Cam is one of those feel good stories,” George Mason associate head coach Dennis Felton said in a video the team posted to social media when Walker signed. “Cam just kept kind of commanding our attention, and it’s easy to say why. It was his toughness, his competitive edge, his willingness to do whatever it takes to win a possession.”

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