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
"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.
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
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
"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
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
That top six likely includes: