Willie Walker is a 5-11 point guard from Romeoville, Illinois that's rising up the recruiting charts. Before the AAU season started, Walker was nowhere to be found in the nation's top 100. Now he's ranked 87th - one spot ahead of Bolivar Christian Academy's Willie Kemp, another guard listing the Illini by Scout.com services.
Walker said he's been offered by Ohio St., North Carolina St., and Miami. "I haven't been offered by Illinois. I really don't know why yet; it bothers me a little. Coach Weber came to my school last Monday and told me to just keep getting better and stronger." Even though MSU has shown some interest in Walker he admitted that his top schools were the ones that offered him.
"I like Illinois a lot, but right now it's hard because they're the state school and other schools have offered. Right now it's kind of hard to turn down Ohio State because they have a tough recruiting class coming in, and I did talk with Mike Conley and Greg Oden about me coming there." Conley and Oden are both from Lawrence North High School in Indiana.
"Coach Weber really likes having that true point guard. Having someone like Deron Williams was good for them. Actually I have never played with point guard Sherron Collins of Crane High School, but that would make a great backcourt at Illinois. Maybe that's what they're waiting for, I don't know," Walker said.
Walker was very excited to say he was invited to the NBA Invite Camp June 21st – 27th. The nation's top 100 players attend and work out with college players and some NBA players.
As a far as Illinois goes, Walker will wait and keep playing to get better, but how much longer remains to be seen. "I know Illinois will have some good players. They just got Richard Semrau. I didn't get to play against him last weekend but I did play against his teammate and friend, Marques Johnson. They are also going after Jon Scheyer really hard."
Walker felt Ohio State would be tough to contend with in a few years if they get all the kids they are after. Even with that, Walker is being loyal to his home state school - for now.
Point Guard Willie Walker Talks about Future Plans
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