Walker Finds Home In "GaryLand"

Shane Walker, a steadily improving power forward out the Maryland area, is staying put for college. Recently, the 6-foot-9 big man opted to attend an ACC program and will search for new high school as a senior.

The hiring of assistant coach Coach Driesell is paying dividends in College Park. Earlier this weekend, the Maryland Terrapins took a commitment from wing Adrian Bowie and now Gary Williams and Co. have secured another pledge.

Shane Walker, a 6-foot-9 power forward who played the past 2 years at Bishop Ireton pledged to the Terps over the weekend.

"There were 3 schools going into the spring," Steve McCaskill, Walker's guardian told Scout.com. "Virginia Tech by far did the best job recruiting him (through the process). Coach Greenberg works his butt off. He was a fan of Shane and so was Vanderbilt.

"Maryland was also one of (the 3) and they all had some pluses and minuses. When Coach Driesell got hired at Maryland that did it. There were a few concerns about playing for Coach Williams because he's really intense but with Coach Driesell there is somebody that he can go to. It's somebody he's got a personal relationship with and he can go to. We sat down with Gary, he liked what (coach) had to say and it was time to commit."

Walker is a native of North Hampton, England. He played last season at Ireton under Driesell who coached the team prior to being named the newest assistant at Maryland. Walker, according to McCaskill, will seek a new high school for his final season.

Since the completion of his junior year, Walker has improved. He's been an important rotation player for the highly successful Triple Threat team coach by Keith Stevens this spring.

"I think he's made strides," McCaskill said. "He was hurt this year and had a stress fracture that we identified after the Bay Ball Classic. From there on out he missed about 15 games.

"He had a rough junior season but he got his wind back and got up for the April events and played well. He plays a role with Triple Threat defending and rebounding and he takes to that role and he gives everything he has."

Indeed, Walker has shown that he's good enough to play for a high-major program and will do so in College Park where the Terps recently completed a very busy weekend. Their latest pair of commitments both play for Triple Threat and Jeff Jones (Scout.com No. 57), a former Terp commit, remains a primary target of the staff.

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