CONWAY – One of the more watched players at this past weekend's Old School Super Regional AAU Basketball Tournament was certainly Little Rock Hall and Arkansas Wings Gold junior point guard A.J. Walton.
The 6-1, 180-pound Walton could look up into the stands Saturday night and see University of Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey, Baylor's Scott Drew, Oklahoma State's Travis Ford and Oklahoma's Jeff Capel.
Those four schools along with Missouri, Kentucky and Tulsa comprise a list of seven schools that have interest in Walton and vice-versa.
"I will make a decision by the end of the summer, but I'm still wide open and just trying to play ball and not think about it too much right now," Walton said.
There has been some speculation that he has already given Baylor a private commitment.
"I love Baylor, but I love Arkansas, too," Walton said. "I really am not sure yet. Those people who are saying I have committed to Baylor already is just people talking. I would be happy if I end up at either of those places."
Walton is coming off a high school season in which he helped lead Hall to the 6A state title.
He averaged 12 points, 9 assists and 4.5 rebounds this past season for the Warriors, who finished 29-2 and grabbed the title by downing Benton 57-46 in the championship game.
"The feeling is still great, just incredible still today," Walton said. "It's been almost two months ago since we won it and I still get butterflies in my stomach when people talk about. I have been smiling since that day. I am really looking forward to getting my ring."
Walton had 16 points in his first game on Saturday and then 7 Saturday night when his team rallied from a 20-point deficit to down Athletes First 68-65 in overtime.
Walton helped get that comeback started, but fouled out and had to watch the rest of the rally and the final 10 minutes or from the bench.
"It shows that my team has great poise and never gave up," Walton said. "They kept playing hard even after I fouled out and I am real proud of them."
The Wings were eliminated Sunday afternoon when Memphis YOMCA rallied past them for a 65-63 semifinal round win.
"It's tough because we practiced hard for this and played hard," Walton said. "They just had a better game than we did. I think it helps us to let us know what we need to work on and what we need to improve on."
ARKANSAS WINGS 72 LOUISIANA DREAM TEAM 60
MVP RAY JONES JR. LITTLE ROCK HALL
17 & UNDER BOYS PLATINUM DIVISION:
OKLAHOMA CITY ATHLETES FIRST 63 MEMPHIS YOMCA 57
MVP TERRANCE BOYD OKC 24 PTS 10 RBDS:
16 & UNDER PLATINUM DIVISION:
ST. LOUIS EAGLES 68 MEMPHIS YOMCA 68
MVP KARL MADISION STL
15 & UNDER PLATINUM DIVISION:
MEMPHIS YOMCA 61 ARKANSAS WINGS ELITE 58
MVP CAMERON JONES MEMPHIS
14 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION:
ST. LOUIS HOOP SQUAD 58 ARKANAS HEAT 41
16 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION:
MISSOURI FURY 83 ARKANSAS MAVERICKS 77
15 & UNDER GIRLS DIVSION:
ARKANSAS MAVERICKS 63 LITTLE ROCK DESTINY 54
14 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION:
ARKANSAS KAMIKAZE 49 ARKANSAS SELECT 40
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