Walker plans Colorado visit

July is one of the busiest times of year for college basketball coaches on the recruiting trail. We spoke with one of the players Colorado is watching closely. Get more inside from Langston Walker.

Langston Walker, a 6-foot-5 wing from Berkeley, Calif., has had a busy spring and summer on the AAU circuit with the Drew Gooden Soldiers. He's played in tournaments all over the west coast in Philadelphia and Georgia and is ready for a trip to Las Vegas.

"It's draining. I'm not going to lie," Walker said. "There is just a lot of travel involved and stuff like that, but I am blessed that I get to do a lot of stuff that other people can't do in the summer like I do. It's also hard work and it's paying off."

Walker said he remains wide open when it comes to recruiting but he likes the idea of playing in the Pac-12 Conference. He says he has an offer from Colorado in addition to Washington State, Utah, Boston College and various mid-majors.

He said living in the Bay Area naturally has him coveting offers from Cal and Stanford for a chance to stay home for school. Going away to another school in the conference would be fine, too.

"It would be great," Walker said. "That is what I've always wanted to do since I was little, you know, is play for a Pac-12 school. This is a very good conference. I'd get to come home a couple times a year because we would play Cal and Stanford and it would be easier for my parents and my family and friends to go see me.

"Playing for a Pac-12 school would be an honor."

Walker nearly averaged a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds a game last season as a junior at Berkeley High School. It naturally earned him plenty of attention from college coaches.

He said CU assistant coach Tom Abatemarco is recruiting him to CU and is also recruiting him the hardest of any coach at any school. He said he has a good relationship with Abatemarco and called him "a down-to-earth guy."

"He makes me feel like I play for him already, you know?" Walker said.

He also has talked with head coach Tad Boyle several times.

"Something he is big on is development and that's big for me, too," Walker said. "I just want to develop."

Walker said he was impressed last season with former CU guard Alec Burks, who became a lottery pick in the NBA draft. He said Burks' success in Boulder proves others can follow in his footsteps to the professional ranks.

"That's the type of player I want to be like, under-the-radar guys who get good coaching in college and end up going to the NBA," he said. "That's big for me. That shows that coach Tad Boyle is a coach and the coaching staff has really tested their players and worked with them."

Walker said an official date hasn't been set but he is expecting to make an official visit to CU sometime this fall.


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