Walter Pitchford has moved around during his lifetime. He was raised in Chicago, played his sophomore year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, his junior year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has settled in at New Creations in Richmond, Indiana for his senior year.
Yet, it was Chicago that he has always considered home. When offered the chance to return to Chicago to attend DePaul University, Pitchford jumped at the opportunity.
"I liked the location," Pitchford said of his decision. "I have a lot of family there. I was born in Chicago."
Pitchford's aunt still lives in the Hyde Park home where Walter was born and raised. These days she has some pretty influential neighbors as she lives next door to the Chicago home of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The DePaul coaching staff spotted Pitchford this summer while he was playing on the AAU circuit with Team Detroit. They were scouting forward Dominique Ferguson and liked what they saw in Pitchford.
Pitchford got a lot of benefit out of playing on Team Detroit with blue chippers like Ferguson, Ray McCallum, and Trey Ziegler.
"It was a really good experience, because we had good team chemistry," Pitchford said. "Everybody passed the ball a lot. It didn't matter who scored as long as everybody was contributing at something. If somebody was scoring, we knew somebody on the other end was playing defense. Somebody was getting steals, somebody was getting rebounds. Everything just came together."
Pitchford chose DePaul over offers from George Washington, Michigan, and Minnesota. He was also receiving interest from Arizona State and Georgetown.
Walter committed to the Blue Demons on October 5th without even visiting the DePaul campus. He then took his official visit to DePaul in mid-October for Blue Madness.
"I really liked it," said Walter. "I liked hanging around with (2010 recruit) Brandon Young and the whole team. I got to see (2011 recruits) Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw. I played with them on the Mac Irvin Fire around my sophomore year."
New Creations coach Anthony Cole feels that DePaul got themselves a good one.
"In the right system, he's a high-major kid," said Cole. "He likes to play on the perimeter. He's got to get a little stronger. He's definitely a kid that can play in the Big East. He's got to work on his ballhandling. He can hit the jumper. He can hit the three. If he can work with his back to the basket, he'll be the complete package."
Pitchford sees himself as a player who can spend time at multiple positions in the frontcourt for the Blue Demons.
"I need to become a versatile player," Walter said. "I can do a lot of things."
Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on the Blue Demons recruiting class for 2010.
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