The 27-year-old Kanter said he would continue to speak out despite the threat of reprisals to himself and his family in Turkey. “I’m trying to create awareness of what’s going on because I have a platform,” he said. “I’m trying to be the voice of all those innocent people who don’t have one. “It’s very sad because in the end, it’s my country. I love my country,” he said.
Walker has never gone out of his way to demand attention. During his recruiting trip at UConn, he spent the day working out, eating delivery from Wings Over Storrs and playing video games. Oriakhi says Walker is shy until he knows someone; he used to walk around campus with the brim of his hat down to avoid chatting with strangers. Years later, Beverly says, Walker grimaced in a Los Angeles nightclub when the DJ announced his presence over the speakers. “It’s just not me, man,” Walker says. “Like, first of all, I like my privacy. And I just love to focus on basketball. That’s what I do. That’s all I really want to do. I want to play basketball, and that’s it. I’m not an attention seeker. Like, it’s just not who I am.”