KC's Walker getting it done with flair

With Arkansas coaches looking on, Kansas City prep point guard Marcus Walker made a dramatic entrance and exit at the Kingwood Classic in Houston.

HOUSTON -- Nobody can say that Kansas City Keys point guard Marcus Walker, who has already made an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas doesn't know how to make an entrance or exit.

Walker, a 6-2 junior from Kansas City O'Hara who averaged 27 points, 4 assists and 4 steals this past season, had an awards ceremony on Friday night and then his plane early Saturday morning was delayed by weather.

He missed all but the last seven minutes of his team's first game at the Kingwood AAU Classic, but helped his team rally from 10 points down and then hit the game-winner at the buzzer in a 54-53 win over Arizona Team Bibby.

"I hated to not be here for my teammates, but it all worked out in the end," Walker said. "I am very confident in them and also in my ability to help them finish when the game is on the line."

He would have 8 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds in his team?s blowout win in the following contest and then 23 in what turned out to be his squad's final game Saturday night.

Walker tried valiantly to lead his team to a win over the Arizona Magic Blue, but despite scoring eight points in the final minute Walker and his team were eliminated with a 2-1 mark because of the loss in bracket play.

The fact that he could score points fast is no surprise since he put in 45 in one half this past season in a 54-point effort in a win over Kearney.

"That was just a night when I was on," Walker said. "Everybody talks about that a lot. I just had a lot of opportunities that night. We were down and had to come back and it just kept falling for me."

Those kind of numbers are why coaches from schools such as Arkansas, Marquette, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa were tracking his moves this past weekend in Houston.

"I have a lot of Big 12 schools on there, but I am not locked into playing in the Big 12," Walker said. "I am in no hurry to commit and I am going to take my time, make some visits and do this the right way."

Walker has taken several unofficial visits already including coming to Fayetteville for Arkansas' game Florida back on Feb. 28.

"When I came there everybody at Arkansas opened their arms to me and made me feel very welcomed," Walker said. "I loved the campus and overall had a great time. My game is more of a running game and that is what Coach Heath is wanting to do now that he has some players coming in. Even though they lost the game I went to, I could see promise in those players that were already there."

He knows that Arkansas is looking to sign a big-time point guard in the 2005 class.

"I know they have a need there," Walker said. "I just want to go in and have fun and play the game right and have no regrets."

Walker will attend the Nike All-America Camp July 6-10 in Indianapolis and also play in the Nike Peach Jam and another AAU event Las Vegas among others.

Kansas City Keys head coach Harrel Johnson said someone is going to land a great one.

"He can change the speed of the game, change the tempo of the game and has the ability to do some things at full speed that most kids can't do unless they are standing still," Johnson said. "His greatest strengths are his God-given speed and that he will try stuff on the floor. He will take some risks and make plays. He has fear for nobody."

Johnson said Walker possesses the ability to take his defender in many ways.

"Not only does he have a great jump shot, but he can really get to the cup," Johnson said. "He is also a very good passer and will become an even better one when he is around better players in college. He's going to be special."


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