Kenton Walker: Mom Knows Best

The basketball recruiting process takes a toll on a player. It's long, it's stressful and a lot of times it gets emotional as well. But it doesn't end with the player; it often takes a toll on the player's family as well. That doesn't seem to be the case with Maria Walker, the mother of Iowa State prospect Kenton Walker.

The basketball recruiting process takes a toll on a player. It's long, it's stressful and a lot of times it gets emotional as well. But it doesn't end with the player; it often takes a toll on the player's family as well.

 

That doesn't seem to be the case with Maria Walker, the mother of Iowa State prospect Kenton Walker. In fact, Maria is welcoming this time in her talented son's life.

 

"I'm really enjoying the process. It's exciting. I think I told another reporter that it was overwhelming because at the time, it was. We had just finished for the summer and the phone was ringing off the hook," Maria Walker told CN about the recruitment of her son Kenton. "Now we can sit back and just listen to what everybody has to say. We can do our homework. That's the part that makes it exciting."

 

Kenton Walker's popularity among big time college programs has been growing recently. Walker started off the summer with offers from San Diego State, Cal, Creighton and a few other west coast schools. Now, Iowa State and Pitt have jumped into the mix and their might be more coming.

 

So does Maria want her son to stay close to home? She'll support her son no matter what, but she said that numerous variables will come in to play, including family locations around the country.

 

"If he doesn't go somewhere close like Cal or San Diego State, he's looking at if somebody he knows lives close to that school. Like Iowa State, do we have family near there? We have family near Creighton. We have family in St. Louis. I'm from Philadelphia; my husband is from New York. Even though Pittsburgh isn't in New York, we still have family near there so as long as he doesn't mind going that far, we will support him. We just have to narrow it down now," Maria said.

 

Narrowing it down will be the hard part for Kenton. As it stands now, he doesn't have a top school but he and his family have developed some great relationships with different coaches around the country, including new Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger who coached Kenton's AAU team years ago.

 

"We talk to him twice a week because that's how much they are allowed to call. We really like him as a person. The fact that he got that job is beautiful. We really like T.J. as a coach and as a person," Maria said.

 

Along with Otzelberger's presence at Iowa State, Kenton's longtime friend Craig Brackins recently committed to Iowa State in the class of 2007 which Walker could potentially join.

 

The Walkers have a solid relationship with Otzelberger, but Maria also said that she's gotten to know some other coaches quite well over the past year, specifically the schools who have been recruiting Kenton the longest.

 

"I have developed a good rapport with the ones who were recruiting him first. I've obviously known them for like a year. Those are like Cal, San Diego State and Creighton. I have a good relationship with all of the top six," Maria said.

 

That top six likely includes: Iowa State, Pitt, Cal, San Diego State, Creighton and USC.

 

Walker told CN that he wants to make a quick decision and that he will more than likely start scheduling visits as soon as possible.

 


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