The MVP of the Cactus Classic will be in the Music City this weekend with the University of Arkansas now part of his recruiting picture.
New York City junior point guard Kemba Walker (6-1, 165) is considering following the path of former Razorback standout Kareem Reid and coming from the Big Apple to Fayetteville to play his college ball.
New Razorback assistant Tom Ostrom has the UA in mix for Walker, who plays for Rice High School during the school year and the New York Gauchos AAU squad during the spring and summer.
"I don't know a lot about Arkansas other than they have a very good program and that Coach Ostrom is a really cool guy that I think I would enjoy being around," Walker said. "I know of Kareem and know that he was a star down there and that they treat people right."
Walker, one of the best 2008 lead guard prospects nationally, will lead the New York Gauchos this weekend in the Music City Classic AAU Tournament in Nashville.
If his individual play and that of the Gauchos is anywhere near what it was while winning the Catcus Classic in Tucson last weekend, it should be another successful event.
"Over the weekend we really played well as a team and I had an excellent weekend getting the ball to my teammates and my mid-range game was really good," Walker said. "We're hoping to keep it going this weekend."
Walker, who had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 asists in a 102-96 championship game win over Belmont Shore, is certainly drawing interest from a lot of programs.
"I'm being recruited by Arkansas, St. John's, Memphis, Seton Hall, Providence, Rutgers, Florida State, UConn and my coach said that Marquette has just called about me."
Walker said that Ostrom has made it clear how much of a priority recruit that he is for new head coach John Pelphrey and the Razorbacks.
"That makes me feel really good," Walker said. "I know they really want me and I am going to really take a look hard at them."
Walker is currently ranked as the No. 16 point guard in the country by Scout.com, but ranking is about skyrocket per Scout national recruiting analyst Dave Telep.
He'll have a chance to impress in Nashville this weekend in Nashville, at the Steve Nash point guard camp, at the Nike Peach Jam and then at the end of the year in Las Vegas.
"Kemba Walker's ascension up the point guard list will be swift and deserved," writes Telep. "Unlike most players from the Big Apple, the hype machine tends to spread the word – justified or not – about a player before he's got a chance to live up to the expectations.
"In the case of Walker, he's gone out and earned every accolade that is about be heaped on him," Telep continued. As his confidence has grown, so has his leadership. We've wondered all spring long what this point guard class would amount to and who would rise up. Walker has been one of the few to elevate his play at that position and he'll be rewarded for it."
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