Pitchford Garners Significant Interest

Schools from the Big Ten, Big East, and Pac 10 are all on the list for Walter Pitchford who hopes to start making his official visits in the near future.

It is no secret that there is a shortage of big guys in the 2011 class on a national scale. That means every remaining player who is a big is more valuable than ever. One of the better remaining uncommitted frontcourt players is Walter Pitchford, and he is getting a ton of interest.

At 6-foot-9 and around 210 pounds, Pitchford has the frame to be able to play anywhere in the frontcourt. He also has the skill to be able to step out on the perimeter and knock down the 18 foot jumper.

Originally Pitchford signed a letter of intent with DePaul in the 2010 class, but after they went through a coaching change he decided to open up his recruitment and he enrolled at Summit Christian (MI) to do a post grad year.

"It is helping me out a lot," said Pitchford of his post grad season. "It gives me a year to get stronger and a year to work on my ball handling and shooting. Really it just helps with the full package of being ready to play in college."

As a big man with skill, Pitchford is attracting significant recruiting interest.

"Memphis, Arizona State, Indiana, TCU, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Minnesota are the main schools," listed Pitchford.

Currently Pitchford is hoping to narrow down his list and take some visits. In fact, Pitchford has a timeline for when he wants to make his trips and then subsequently come up his final decision.

"I am planning on taking visits in January, and then in February I am hoping to pick a school," explained Pitchford. "I haven't set up any of the visits yet, and right now I can't say which schools I want to visit because we are still in the process of figuring that out."

When it comes to the visits and selecting a school, Pitchford knows what factors will be the most important to him.

"I am looking for a school with good academics and a school that is going to develop me to potentially get to the next level," said Pitchford.

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