MaxPreps: Five-star SG M.J. Walker's focus on basketball paying off

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The focus on basketball is paying off for five-star shooting guard M.J. Walker, who was extremely impressive on Saturday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

One of the nation’s top two-way athletes in 2017 is M.J. Walker, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wing from Jonesboro (Ga.).

Not just a five-star basketball prospect, Walker also was a highly coveted and recruited player in football.

Recently, however, Walker made the decision to stick with basketball.

“It was a family decision,” Walker said. “We really wanted to focus on basketball due to injuries with football. We made the right choice to just focus on basketball.”

That decision has paid off so far. On Saturday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Rancho Mirage (Calif.), Walker dominated Los Angeles Windward, scoring an effortless 25 points by using his size, length and skill to attack the basket and drain three-pointers.

Walker, who recently went on an unofficial visit to Tennessee, listed three schools that are putting the most work into him.

Maryland, Florida State and Ohio State,” Walker said, before breaking down what he likes about each of them.

Maryland: “I like coach (Mark) Turgeon and the advice he’s giving me. He tells me what I need to work on and how I would fit into their system.”

Florida State: “Coach (Leonard) Hamilton likes how I play and how I fit into their system and the energy I bring to the game.”

Ohio State: “They’ve come up to the school. They want me to take an official visit there.”

Walker is focusing on his game right now and says he’s not close to a decision.

“Probably my senior year,” Walker gave as a timetable. “I don’t want to focus on it too much right now. As a family we haven’t really looked into it like that. We’re just waiting it out right now. I’m taking my time.”

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