For Walker, Home Cooking Works

Some guys see the country and realize they want to venture away from the nest. For Demetrius Walker, numerous AAU trips helped him decide that staying home was the right choice for him.

The Southern Cal Trojans kept one of the local guys home.

Demetrius Walker, a 6-foot-3 wing out of Juniper Serra High, committed to the Trojans on Wednesday.

"They play my style," Walker said. "They get up and down and he lets his players play. The players determine who wins the game and I feel like it's the right thing to do. I feel like I'll be the hometown kid here. Why not stay home?"

Walker, who once appeared in Sports Illustrated, couldn't be happier. He's excited about the chance to play in the Pac-10 and work on his game. If hoops doesn't work out, he's got broadcasting on his mind.

"My choices were Cal and Arizona too. But, you can't pass up on Southern Cal. You're known by so many people that you can get any job in America. I want to be a sports broadcaster."

A lot of kids want to leave town and see the country. AAU basketball afforded Walker that opportunity but in the end, intense traveling only solidified his decision to stay home.

"As I was going through the AAU circuit, seeing the States, I really got kind of homesick this year," Walker said. "I didn't want to be there for a tournament for a few days so I couldn't see myself being at a school for 10-11 months. I felt like I needed to be somewhere on the West Coast close to home."

Mission accomplished.


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