Scott County (Ky.) unsigned 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior combo guard Matt Walls committed to Marshall on Tuesday after receiving recent interest from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Xavier, Wake Forest, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.
``Huntington was a lot like Georgetown (Ky.)," Walls said. "It's a thriving athletic community, a great university and the president and Coach Jones are terrific guys. It was a great fit for me."
Louisville coach Rick Pitino met with Walls on Monday and offered him a chance to receive a scholarship for his final three years, but the sharpshooter – who played point guard until his senior season when he moved to the two-guard spot – opted to go with Jones and Marshall instead.
``It was kind of tough, but I believe in Coach Jones," Walls said. He's coming from a great program and I believe in him. He's going to turn around this program and I have all the confidence in him."
The 6-foot-3 ½ Walls was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky and also led Scott County to a state title and a 34-2 overall record. Walls averaged 20.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Cardinals.
Walls is similar to one of Jones' former players at Florida – Lee Humphrey. While he's not quite as deadeye of a shooter as Humphrey, he's a better ball-handler and passer and will be able to play some point guard.
``Right now I'm labeled as a shooter," Walls said. "But I think there's more to my game than just that. Coach Jones compares to me to Lee Humphrey, which is a great compliment, but he says I can do a little more."
If that's the case, Jones has hit the jackpot with his first recruit.