Will Walker Diary - October 2005

What's up, all? I'm now done with my college decision. I'm going to DePaul. It was a big relief. It was a lot of stress on me. Everyone was wanting to know where I wanted to go. And I wanted to know, too. It was a great decision because I don't regret anything.

The big things about it were the Big East and staying home. It's going to be one of the toughest conferences next to the ACC. I feel to be a great player you have to play other great players and I'll get to do that in that conference. There's no easy games out there. That's how I want it, though. As long as I keep working hard I can be one of the top point guards in the Big East.

I'm always hyped to play a game, but it's always something about the big game. That's why I like the ACC, too. Now with the Big East I want to play in that type of atmosphere. I don't want to play in a game where not everyone wants to pack a gym. I want a game where you don't know who's going to win.

A lot of people ask me if I was disappointed about Illinois not offering. I'm not at all. If they were going to look at someone else, they're looking at someone else. If I don't have what they want, then I don't. Best of luck. I'm not mad at all. I just wasn't what they were looking for. I know in the Big East they're going to see me against the best players. I'm going to get playing time. They can't say, ‘He's playing against so and so.' You can't say that about the UConns, the Syracuses, teams like that. A person will sound stupid to say that.

I feel DePaul is taking a step forward in the right direction and really trying to rebuild. It's really good to be Coach Wainwright's first big recruit, one of the school's biggest recruits since Quentin Richardson. They think it puts a lot of pressure on me, but I like it a lot. There can't be another first premier recruit for him. It feels special to be that player.

Now I'm just going and playing and trying to get all the wins I can in high school. People think after I committed, ‘He's going to play nonchalant.' It's not like that. Every time I step foot on that floor I'm going to play hard. My main priority now is the high school season because I want to get as far as I can. We have a lot of potential. People probably don't think so, but they'll see. I think we'll be surprising some people. I'm much more comfortable a second year around with Bolingbrook. I know my coach wanted me to shoot a lot more last year, but I was trying to get in with the system they were trying to run. He really wants the ball in my hands. He wants me to make the decisions. This year it won't be hard. It won't be hard to be a leader. Now they'll be used to me.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to Charles Smothers, D.J. Twyman, Julius Verdun and Kendall Patterson. And also Coach Wainwright and the rest of the staff.

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