Walker taking his time

Five-star forward Chris Walker has an incredible combination of size and athleticism. Now the Florida native plans to take his time with a college decision.

Not too long ago it looked like Chris Walker was on the verge of making his college decision. Now the five-star forward says he won't be making any commitment for some time. The Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County star has re-evaluated his options, and now is taking visits and taking his time with a college commitment.

At 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds, Walker has the type of body and athleticism that leaves college coaches drooling, and now is adding a higher skill level to go with those natural gifts.

"I am running the court better now than I have been," said Walker. "I am trying to get my ball handling tighter, working on my jump shot, and also trying to be a better offensive rebounder."

When it comes to his recruitment, Walker had talked about making a public commitment during his first high school game of the season, but now that won't happen. Instead Walker says a talk with his family and coaches convinced him that committing early wasn't the way to go.

"At first I wanted to get my recruitment done with," said Walker. "I was going to commit, but then I talked to my mom and my coaches and they told me no, and told me to enjoy it and that I was rushing it."

Walked then added, "I just thought I was ready, but I guess I wasn't."

Already Walker has visited Florida and Florida State unofficially, and up next is a Midnight Madness visit to Kansas. While in Lawrence, Walker is hoping to get a feel for what the team and the campus are like.

"I just want to see how the campus is, meet the coaches, and try to get to know the players," said Walker of his upcoming trip to Lawrence.

Along with Kansas, there are a handful of other places that Walker hopes to check out before it becomes time for him to make his decision.

"I know Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, and Memphis are all schools I would like to be able to visit coming up," said Walker.

Though at the moment Walker isn't even close to making a decision, he already has the baseline knowledge for what he will be looking for in a school.

"I want to look for a school with good coaches, and a good fit for me on and off the court, also I want to go to a place with a big fan base," Walked explained.

For now Walker will continue to be one of the more outgoing kids in the class, and someone who college coaches work hard to get in good with hoping to land his commitment.

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