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Prairie alum Brooke Walling signs pro basketball contract in Europe

Walling, who spent past 3 seasons at Div. II Western Washington, turns pro with AB Contern in Luxembourg

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 13, 2024, 4:54pm
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Prairie's Brooke Walling shoots the ball while under pressure from Edmonds-Woodway defenders during the 3A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.
Prairie's Brooke Walling shoots the ball while under pressure from Edmonds-Woodway defenders during the 3A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Former Prairie High standout Brooke Walling, who recently capped her collegiate basketball career at Western Washington University, has signed a contract to play professionally in Europe.

The school announced Thursday that Walling, a two-time honorable mention Division II All-American for the Vikings who graduates this weekend from Western with a Mathematics degree, will begin her professional career playing for AB Contern in Luxembourg.

Walling scored 1,206 of her 1,347 career points in three seasons at the Division II school after transferring from Division I Fresno State in 2021. This past season as a senior, Walling led the Vikings to a 24-7 record while averaging 16.5 points and nine rebounds per game. She earned first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors and honorable mention All-America status. Walling helped Western to three consecutive NCAA Div. II Championships, including a historic run to the national title game in 2021-22, back-to-back regular-season conference titles and consecutive conference tournament championships.

“Brooke was an amazing player during her career at WWU, but beyond that an even better teammate and leader,” WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo said in a news release. “The stats and honors speak to all her accomplishments, but beyond that Brooke was a joy to coach helped lead our program to some amazing team accomplishments. I am excited for her to get this experience overseas after a wonderful collegiate career.”

At Prairie, Walling led the Falcons to the Class 3A girls basketball title in 2019 — the program’’s first title since 2012 — a season after earning The Columbian’s All-Region player of the year in 2018.

Walling joins her younger brother, Reece, in the pro ranks. Reece Walling, also a Prairie alum, is in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor-league system.

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