Kansas visit "phenomenal" for Walker

As one might imagine, it's easy for a prospect to get caught up in the emotion of a visit while still on campus. So the real test comes later, once they've returned home and had the chance to process things. That being the case, it should please Kansas fans that 2013 star Chris Walker needed just one word to describe his visit, a full 24 hours later.

As one can imagine, it's easy for recruits to get caught up in the emotion of a visit, particularly a visit taken during an event as raucous as 'Late Night in the Phog' on the campus of the University of Kansas.

It's not every program that draws 16,000 and change for a season-opening session of skits, videos and a 20-minute intra-squad scrimmage; and recruits experiencing it for the first time usually leave a little wide-eyed.

So the real measuring stick comes a little later, once they've returned home and had time to process everything.

That being the case, it should please Jayhawk Nation that Bonifay (FL) Holmes County power forward Chris Walker needed just one word to describe his Kansas experience, a full 24-hours removed:


Walker is one of the elite big men in the Class of 2013, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound power forward with off-the-charts athleticism and rebounding ability. Along with Allerik Freeman and Brannen Greene, both prospects bearing the five-star label as well, he headlined an impressive group of junior visitors last weekend to the Lawrence, Kan. campus.

While on the trip, he ran the expected gamut of activities - from spending time with the coaching staff and players to attending Late Night itself - though one particular moment did stand out.

"When we first walked in (Allen Fieldhouse), me and all the recruits, it was crazy," Walker said. "We walked in and they were chanting our names."

Of the coaching staff and the players, the versatile big man had nothing but positive things to say as well, leaving impressed by the relationship between the two.

"I loved them," Walker said, of the staff. "That's a program I can play for. The coaching staff loves the players, and the players love them back. I think that's great."

Though at one time it looked as if he would make his college decision in short order, Walker recently decided to take a step back - on the advice of his mother and his coaches - and take his time with the process.

So while fans shouldn't expect a commitment any time soon, it does appear as Kansas left an indelible impression on one of the most prolific talents in the Class of 2013 - earning a spot in his current top three, along with Florida and Kentucky (in no particular order).

"That's a school that I'm seriously considering now," Walker said.

Next up, a trip to Louisville could be on the horizon in the next couple of weeks, though nothing has been finalized as of yet.

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