Five-star guard M.J. Walker is out to prove that he can be more of a point guard and playmaker on the floor. At the Steph Curry Select Camp he is working on those skills while continuing to closely monitor his recruitment.
About the camp, Walker said, “This is my third year here and I am thankful to be out here to compete against the best and learn from the best. It is just great to be out here and continue to get better.”
When it comes to his spring overall, Walker responded, “It was a good spring. We qualified for the UA Finals as a team. We did alright for the most part, and individually I feel I have worked hard to make good decisions as a point guard and improved my handle.”
On the recruiting trail schools continue to show significant interest in Walker, with a few new programs picking up the pace.
“Right now I am not leaning to any school, but I am still hearing from a lot of schools,” noted Walker. “NC State and Georgia Tech have been getting into the mix, and then the same schools like Maryland, Florida State, and Ohio State. Also California and USC are calling as well.”
Maryland is one of the schools that has been recruiting Walker the longest, and he continues to build a solid relationship with the coaching staff.
“I have a good relationship with Maryland,” said Walker. “I speak with Coach (Mark) Turgeon a lot. They are good people, they tell me what I need to work on, and tell me how I would fit in at the school.”
Also Ohio State has been significantly involved for a while in this recruitment, and it is possible before too long that Walker makes his way to Columbus for a visit.
“I think I might take a visit to Ohio State in the fall,” said Walker. “They say they like how I play in terms of aggressiveness and getting to the rim, and they think I would fit in well there. Also I like their coaching staff.”
One school that has really picked up the pace is Georgia Tech. New Head Coach Josh Pastner is trying to keep the best players home, and Walker is a big part of that.
“They are telling me they want to rebuild the program,” said Walker of the Yellow Jackets. ‘They say if I stay at home that I could be the guy who can rebuild the program and bring it back to where it was when they were going to the Final Four.”
When it comes to a decision, don’t expect anything soon from Walker.
“Right now as far as my recruitment all the coaches are going through my dad,” said Walker. “In terms of visits we are going to do that end of the summer or in the fall when I cut down my list.”