Andre Walker Gets Wish

A year ago, people thought Andre Walker was crazy when the Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) skilled and versatile forward declined scholarship offers from a trio of Top 25 programs. Now Walker, who is spending the year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), is smiling.

Andre Walker wanted to play in a bigger conference than the Missouri Valley. The Chicago native got his wish.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Walker, who missed nearly all of the summer and also fall workouts at Brewster Academy (N.H.) while recovering from a foot injury, committed to Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

Walker spurned scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Creighton and Nevada last season in an effort to play at the highest level. Now Walker will take his 3.0 GPA and 27 ACT score to the SEC.

``It's probably the fact that academically it's one of the most competitive schools in the country and they play in the SEC," Brewster coach Jason Smith. "Monday through Thursday they are competing with Stanford and Yale and weekend they compete with Florida and Georgia." Walker was a teammate of Kansas sophomore Julian Wright at Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) who got injured in April at the Kingwood Classic while playing with the CAPS All-Stars. He averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists as a senior last season and has been compared to another Brewster Academy product – current Loyola (Ill.) forward Blake Schilb. ``He's so skilled and can play multiple positions," Smith said. "He does everything well, but nothing spectacular. He rebounds, is a terrific passer and can make shots."

Walker was also receiving interest from Arizona State, Seton Hall and Colorado. Illinois also inquired recently.

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