Walters not unlike another Michigan center

Kirk Walters is certainly proving he could very well be the hidden gem in this class, especially after his remarkable progress this season. He has always had remarkable shot-blocking ability and is strong offensively near the basket. Before being signed by Arizona, Walters was heavily recruited by Central Michigan, home to Chris Kaman who is currently projected as a lottery pick after this season.

"I've heard from a lot of people that my game reminds them of his," Walters said. "I don't know though. He is just such an outstanding player."

Kaman is an athletic center who slipped under the recruiting radar. His situation paralells that of Walters, except that Walters was discovered by Arizona. Had the Wildcats not come calling, Central Michigan was a likely destination.

Walters' greatest attribute at this point, is his defensive prowess. He is a force in the lane and has great shot-block timing as well as excellent jumping ability.

"I actually high jump for my track team," Walters said. "Last year my best was 6'4" and I think that my jumping ability definitely helps me to block shots. I have a 7-foot wing span also, and that helps a lot too."

Although Walters' basketball season has ended, he will be joining his track team as soon as his ankle heals from the sprain that he attained in the state championship game, which his team won 87-64. Walters played in the second half despite the ankle problems and finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-11 shooting and 9-for-10 from the line. Walters added 20 rebounds as well.

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