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Layer Adds Aikens to Men's Basketball Roster

December 5, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Walt Aikens (right) has been added to the men's basketball roster.

Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer has added Walt Aikens to the men's basketball roster. Aikens is no stranger to Liberty Athletics after completing his first season as a cornerback for the Flames football program in 2011. This past season, Aikens finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 49 and was the squad's co-leader in interceptions with three.

"[Walt] is going to start practice today," Layer stated. "He's a guy that has played high school basketball. In my mind, he is a college basketball player who happens to be a really good college football player. He's probably going to add something to our team in the near future."

A transfer from Illinois, Aikens was a dual letterwinner at Harding High School in Charlotte, N.C., excelling in football and basketball. As a member of the Rams' basketball team during his senior season (2008-09), Aikens averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Aikens is the second member of his family to play under Layer, as his father, Walter Aikens, played under the head coach during Layer's first two years at Queens (1989-91).