Kansas City O'Hara point guard Marcus Walker heads into tonight's opening games of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions armed with a load of talent and a top five.
The lucky five left in the running for the 6-2, 180-pound point guard are Arkansas, Marquette, Illinois, Iowa, and Duquesne.
"I've gone to see a lot of places unofficially and had a chance to look everything over and that's the five I've come up with," Walker said. "Now I can just start concentrating on those five."
Walker, who averaged 27 points, 4 assists and 4 steals this past season, is playing in this weekend's TOC with the United Stars, many of the same players that he hooks up with on the Kansas City Rocktown squad.
The United Stars are in the Pool E along with Illinois Fire, the Jackson Panthers and the East Coast Scholars.
Although he had previously planned to play with the Kansas City Keys in the Nike Memorial Event, Walker chose to play in the Reebok event instead.
"I'm looking forward to the tournament and I think we will play really well," Walker said. "We are coming off a very good performance at the Kansas Jayhawk Invitational."
Indeed Walker poured in 36 points in one outing at the Jayhawk Invitational, but talked with more pride about delivering the ball to teammates such as Brandon Rush, another recruit Arkansas covets and one of the nation's top performers in the Class of 2005.
Scoring hasn't been a problem for the young man who had 45 points in the second half of a 54-point performance during the high school season.
"I scored a lot, but also having a guy like Brandon out there allows me to show off my passing game and that I can really run a team," Walker said. "I am used to being the center of attention and it's nice to have some other guys out there that can make plays. It really frees things up for me."
Walker has not decided on whether he will attend the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis or the Reebok ÅBCD camp in Teaneck, N.J.
"My team now is put together by Reebok, but I also have some Nike ties," Walker said. "I really haven't made a decision just yet on that."
Walker, who made an unofficial visit to Arkansas back on February for the Razorbacks' game with Florida, plans to make in down again sometime in June.
"I don't know exactly when, but that's what I am looking at doing," Walker said. "I really like Arkansas, especially the coaches and the facility and the atmosphere."
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Walker has Arkansas and Iowa at the head of the list as of now, but he also is planning on getting out to the other schools he mentioned here. He is Duquesne's top recruiting target, and it is also believed that he has an offer from Marquette. He camped at Iowa last year and intends to make it to Iowa City for camp in June. His high school coach's son attends Iowa. We will keep you updated on Walker's recruitment.