The Compton Magic 16u team is stacked.
The Magic have three 2015 prospects all with high-Division I offers, including Sedrick Barefield, Rex Pflueger and Cameron Walker.
California is interested in all three, led by Walker, who already has offers from Fresno State, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, Irvine and Cal Poly SLO – the alma mater of both his father Eric and his mother (they met while both attending SLO).
Walker would seem to be the total package: A 4.0 student (he insists his current, second-semester GPA of 3.8 will improve after he takes his last finals), a 6-foot-7, 185-pound four-star small forward and a humble, team-oriented player, who loves playing with teammates like Barefield and Pflueger -- who are also being targeted by the Bears -- because they make one another better.
"I work really well with them. We have a great relationship both on and off the court, and it shows on the basketball court, how well we've bonded," says the Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti standout. "It's huge, because we share the ball and everyone gets touches. Whoever's hot is whoever gets the most shots that game, so it's huge."
Cal and Eric Walker have spoken several times, most recently last week, and the elder Walker is quite taken with the Bears, already.
"They tell me about the University, what they have to offer, as far as education and the school itself, their style. They're really, really interested in Cam and they're really high on him and like his game. They watched him play last year, and now this year, and they're really impressed by what Cameron's doing on the basketball court," Eric says. "It's mostly about what's going in with the University, education-wise, because that's one of the things we're big on. He realized that my wife and I are big on the education front."
Cameron echoes his father's sentiments, and expects to come and visit the Cal campus sometime very soon.
"I like them a lot, because they're in a good location. My dad has talked to them a few times," Cameron says. "I know that they have Allen Crabbe, who's going to be in the draft, and he's a good player. They did pretty well this year in the Pac-12, and they're a good academic school, as well."
Walker has just finished his first track season, which he ran at the behest of his father, reaching CIF meets as part of the 4x100 relay team, and also running the 200.
"It's definitely made me a little bit quicker, and I have more agility now," says Cameron.
After heading to adidas Nations this weekend in Miami with Barefield, in his second of three individual tryout camps to make the national 16u team, Walker will spend next weekend with the Magic for a Memorial Day tournament, before taking a bit of a break to play with his high school team until reuniting with the Magic in July. During that brief window away from the Magic, Walker and his father will make a trip up to Northern Calfiornia to visit the Stanford team camp, and take a look at the Cal campus.
"I do know Cal, and Cal is awesome. They have a bunch of guys and they're always out seeing people," says Eric. "They're doing their due diligence, doing their work, and if you want to win, you've got to be out there. Jabari Bird, they got a good one there, for sure. They're very high on him, especially with Allen Crabbe leaving for the NBA. What a nice transition for them."
Walker Has Eye on Bears
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