2008 Update: Martez Walker has big summer plans

6'7 Martez Walker of LaPlace, Louisiana played on the Reserve Christian (LA) varsity this past season and after a busy summer on the AAU circuit will likely be considered one of the elite members of the class of 2008.

Martez Walker is a special young man who also happens to be an extremely talented hoopster.

At 6-foot-7, Walker played on the varsity for Reserve Christian (LA) last season and began to make a national name for himself at presitigous tournament's like the Flyin' to the Hoop event in Dayton, Ohio and the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Lewes, Deleware.

Against Dwight Howard's team at the Slam Dunk, Walker was solid with 9 points and 5 rebounds and scored 20 points in a game at Dayton. Because of those strong showings, Clark Francis of the HoopScoopOnline already ranks Walker the 16th best prospect in his class.

Of course, here at Inside The Ville, we've been following "Tezzy's" progress since last summer when he was a standout at Coach Pitino's individual instruction camp.

This spring, Martez will play on the AAU circuit for the Louisiana Future Rising Stars where he'll be coached by his father, Larry. Just 15 years old, Walker and mates will compete on the 17 and under circuit at events like the Kingwood Classic, Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, and the Las Vegas Big Time Classic. In between events, "Tezzy" will also attend Coach Pitino's camp in June, participate in the Reebok ABCD Camp, and attend the Blue Chip camp.

The elder Walker has also assembled several other talented youngsters for the Rising Stars, including 6'10 sophomore-to-be Claude Britten, 6'3 Michael Boyd, and point guard Chris Bass (FR), the younger brother of LSU star forward Brandon Bass.

As for the younger Walker, he's got local ties and has long been interested in the University of Louisville basketball program. Though it's much too early to be thinking college lists, Rick Pitino and Cardinals will surely factor into the mix when that time comes.

For now, the younger Walker will use this offseason to get stronger and continue developing his fundamental skills.

"He's working with the medicine ball and lifting light weights right now," Larry Walker said. "He'll be competing against the best players on the AAU circuit but I also want him to continue working on his fundamentals. That's why we're coming to Coach Pitino's camp and the Blue Chip camp."

Stay tuned throughout the summer for updates on Martez Walker.

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