2007 Intro: Nathan Walkup

If you aren't from the Lone Star state, you probably haven't heard of Nathan Walkup. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Deer Park junior is flying under the radar.

Nathan Walkup has had a difficult few days. His Deer Park High (Texas) team is on the verge of making the postseason and after suffering a tough loss to North Shore on Friday night, he learned that his high school coach died of an apparent heart attack.

``He passed away an hour after the game in the parking lot," Walkup said. "It's sad and is tough for me and my teammates. We're just trying to stay together as a team."

``Coach (Billy) Carlisle would have been 52 the next day and has three sons," he added.

Deer Park is 17-14 overall, 7-4 in district play and sitting in third place. Walkup, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound junior, scored 34 points in the loss to North Shore and is averaging 21 points and 10 boards.

He's a guy who can do a little bit of everything. He can knock down the perimeter shot, is athletic and gets to the basket – and also mixes it up on the glass.

``I'd say my biggest asset is my outside shooting and mid-range game," Walkup said. "I need to work on my footspeed."

The 17-year-old Walkup began with Houston Select, but opted to go with a smaller AAU outfit, the Houston Hoop Stars.

``It just didn't work out with Houston Select," he said. "It wasn't a good match. I get a little more focus with the Hoop Stars."

While Walkup, a 4.9 student on a 6.0 scale, is clearly an under-the-radar type guy, he's received an offer from Rice and significant interest from Texas A&M.

It's no surprise that the Aggies are involved since his parents – Raymond and Lisa – both attended the College Station school.

``Rice and A&M are the two biggest ones I'm looking at," said Walkup, who also mentioned Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. "Rice offered in August, but I wasn't ready to commit."

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