Commitment Coming Soon from Walker?

Bloomington – If all goes according to plan, Demetrius Walker might be the next player to join Tom Crean's rebuilding project. Walker was in Bloomington this weekend for the Adidas May Classic, and says committing to IU soon is a real possibility...

Bloomington – If all goes according to plan, Demetrius Walker might be the next player to join Tom Crean's rebuilding project.

The 6-4, 190-pound guard from San Juan Capistrano, Cal., said he was going to be making an unofficial visit to the Hoosier program either tonight or Monday, and he made it clear that committing is very real possibility.

"If everything goes well (with the visit), I've talked it over with my mom and my coaches and they said it's a perfect fit for me, so I could (commit)," Walker said.

Walker's plans to make that unofficial, though, fell through when his So Cal All-Star team was able to catch a flight out of Indianapolis Sunday night. While the unofficial didn't happen, it's clear IU is in the driver's seat.

A Class of 2009 talent, Walker is a long-armed, athletic wing who scored 20 points for the So Cal All-Stars in their 84-60 loss to the Indiana Elite in the Adidas May Classic semifinals Sunday at Assembly Hall. While he was disappointed in his team's result, he was clearly excited about the opportunity he could have at IU.

Walker said IU Coach Tom Crean first started recruiting him when he was at Marquette, and that interest has picked up since he's taken over the IU program. The two have talked three to four times on the phone in recent weeks.

"Now that he got that bigger job at a bigger school, he's coming even harder because he knows he has the atmosphere and the school, it has the big name around Indiana to get big players," Walker said.

This weekend is Walker's second trip to Bloomington. His So Cal All-Stars team was in Bloomington for the AMC last year as well, and also suffered a lopsided loss to the Indiana Elite team. During his time in town, though, he's already gotten a feel for how big basketball is in Bloomington and in the state.

"It's a basketball state, and that's where I want to be," Walker said. "I love the atmosphere, the gym, the fans, I love everything about Indiana."

While the atmosphere is a big selling point, so is Crean's style. At Marquette Crean developed a reputation for developing guards, and Walker says that's exactly what he's looking for in a college program.

"He's a guard coach, and that's what I'm looking for," Walker said. "I'm looking to polish up my guard skills so if I take that jump to the next level I'll be ready."

It sounded as if a commitment could come as early as Monday if Walker had been able to sit down with Crean for the unofficial. While that didn't happen, Walker said he planned on making his decision within two weeks.

"They're rebuilding, and Coach Crean said he wants to rebuild the program around me," Walker said. "What player would turn that down?"


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