Coming off an outstanding spring and summer, Chris Walker was running out of opponents to dominate.
Walker ranks No. 6 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 in 2013, using his athleticism and length to go from a very good prospect to a can’t-miss recruit.At Adidas Nations, Walker went up against Steven Adams, the New Zealand native who was drawing rave reviews for his play out in Harbor City, Calif. The 6-foot-10 Walker didn’t back down, though, racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds, once again proving he is one of the best prospects in the country. He also went for 15 points and seven boards against Andre Drummond in the Championship game.
“It was just me playing hard,” Walker told me in June. “I tried to show everyone what I could do. I put in the work. I improved my game tremendously.”
Not surprisingly, plenty of schools are in the mix for the Holmes County (Fla.) forward.
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Alabama, Louisville, Baylor and Tennessee called him immediately after the July live period ended, while Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Texas, Texas Tech and others have all offered.
One school noticeably absent from that list of offers is Kentucky. The Wildcats have offered juniors Kasey Hill and Malik Price-Martin, who also play in the Florida Rams AAU program.
“They may offer soon,” Walker said.
Although it’s still early in the process, five schools are standing out for the rising junior.
“I’m really feeling Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida State,” he said.
With Adidas Nations over, he plans on taking trips to Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Alabama.
“I want to get a feel, for now,” Walker said.
While he is only entering his junior season, Walker did not say he planned on waiting until his senior campaign to make a college decision.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “Whenever I feel comfortable, I will commit.”
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