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‘Fresh’ Walters honored for reaching 1,000-point milestone

Roger “Fresh” Walters is accompanied by his mom, tribal member Sheree Sneed, during a pregame ceremony on St. Lucie West Centennial senior night Jan. 25, 2020. Walters received a framed shirt from the team recognizing his achievement of scoring 1,000 points in his high school career. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

PORT ST. LUCIE — Roger “Fresh” Walters wears jersey No. 1 for the St. Lucie West Centennial High School boys basketball team.

The jersey he received on his senior night included the “1” with three zeroes. That’s because the team honored Walters for scoring his 1,000th career point.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment. I’ve been here 12 years and nobody has hit that number. It’s a testament to how talented he is and how hard-working he is,” said Centennial coach Chris Carannante, who came up with the jersey idea.

Framed behind glass, the Centennial basketball jersey also includes an engraving of when he hit the milestone – Jan. 14 against Fort Pierce Central, the school he played for before transferring to Centennial two years ago. It was presented to Walters during a ceremony Jan. 25 before the team’s game against Jensen Beach.

St. Lucie West Centennial senior guard Roger “Fresh” Walters smiles as he is presented with a framed jersey marking his 1,000-point accomplishment during a ceremony Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

Walters, who grew up on the Seminole Tribe’s Chupco’s Landing in Fort Pierce, was accompanied by his mom, Sheree Sneed, and other family members. His aunts Crystal Sneed and Hope Sneed and uncle Josh Sneed were among those in the Walters’ cheering section. Some family members wore T-shirts embroidered with action photos of Walters. He provided an “action shot” on defense early against Jensen Beach when he soared near the basket and swatted the ball away to prevent a layup, which brought a big roar from the home crowd.

The 1,000th point came in the third quarter of a 93-90 win against Central. Walters, an electrifying 5-foot-10 guard, entered the night needing 16 points to reach 1,000. He said the 16th point came on a dunk. He didn’t know it was the basket that gave him the milestone until after the game. Getting to 1,000 was a goal Walters set before the start of the season.

“Really, it meant a lot because I know not a lot of people in the world can get that and I know it’s tough to get. For me to get that is really a blessing,” he said.

St. Lucie West Centennial’s Roger “Fresh” Walters attempts a dunk early in a game against Jensen Beach on Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

He finished the night with 21 points. For the season, Walters is second on the squad in scoring with an average of 17 points.

Walters has already put the milestone in his memory bank; his focus is on the postseason. Centennial has had an outstanding regular season. The Eagles reached February with a 19-4 record with one game left in the regular season.

“The 1,000th point already happened; that’s behind me,” Walters said. “I’m ready to win a district championship and try to go to states. We’re having a great season.”

After his basketball season and school year are finished, Walters will shift to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a football recruit. He plans to enroll in July.

Roger “Fresh” Walters leads a fast break for St. Lucie West Centennial against Jensen Beach on Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Cheers come from Roger “Fresh” Walters’ family members in the audience and teammates during St. Lucie West Centennial’s game Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
St. Lucie West Centennial guard Roger “Fresh” Walters has his eyes on the basketball during a game against Jensen Beach on Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at