The Walker family wasn't expecting much more on Wednesday than a visit from new California assistant coach Tracy Webster and an assistant from UCLA, but when Eric Walker – father of 2015 four-star Cameron Walker talked to Webster on Wednesday morning, he found out that the Cal contingent would be a bit bigger.
"I thought it was just Webster coming, but when we talked, he called me and said, ‘We're in San Luis Obispo, we've landed,' and I said, ‘Oh, OK, you're coming. Are you here by yourself?' He says, ‘No. I brought the big man. The big man has to get his eyes on him. I was like, ‘Coach Martin?'" says Eric.
That ‘big man,' was new head coach Cuonzo Martin, who made a point of personally seeing both Idrissa Diallo and Walker over the past two days.
"They liked him a lot," Eric says. "He was really impressed, from the stuff they do in the workout to everything, and he said before they left, he said, ‘I know the old coaching staff had offered you a scholarship, and I want you to know that I'm extending it from me. Me, being the new coach, I want you to know that you have a scholarship offer from Cal.' He didn't have to do that, but he really liked [Cameron]. I didn't think that was going to happen. I thought they would just watch him in Dallas [for the EYBL], but now, they liked what they saw."
Cameron's mother, Patricia, was also quite pleased with the new Bears head coach.
"He was a good guy. Trish really spent more time talking to him, and I was talking to Webster more, but the time I did interact with him, I liked him a lot. Trish really liked him," Eric says. "She was like, ‘Wow, he's a good guy!' He was straightforward, a straight shooter. We really appreciate that. He was nice, nice and respectful. She was really impressed, and I was, too."
In the time that Eric spent with Webster the two shared a bond, as well, since Webster is familiar with the head of the Compton Magic – Cameron's AAU team.
"He's a nice guy. You could tell he's been in the South – and we talked about it a bit – he's got that Southern hospitality, just really nice and respectful, ‘yessir' and ‘no sir' and I was like, ‘You don't have to do all that!'" says Eric.
Eric could feel that there was a very genuine and personable vibe about Martin from the moment they met, and said he could tell that Martin was a man of his word.
"You could feel that, and he was very personable," Eric says. "I know Monty (former head coach Mike Montgomery), that wasn't his strong suit, so it's a new twist."
While right now it's Webster and Martin on the recruiting trail, Martin is "taking a lot of calls" for the other positions, from what the Walkers gleaned.
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