ABCD: Martez Walker a star in the making

<b>TEANECK, NJ</b> One of just three members of the class of 2008 invited to participate at the Reebok ABCD Camp this week, 6-foot-5 freshman Martez Walker is certainly a star in the making.

One year ago we introduced you to a young prospect named Martez Walker from LaPlace, Louisiana.

Now, Walker is one of just three members of class of 2008 that were invited to participate at the Reebok ABCD Camp this week, along with point guard J'Covan Brown of Port Arthur, Texas and forward Olu Ashaolu from Ontario, Canada.

Though he just recently graduated from the eighth grade in May, Walker has earned his stripes playing against older players for several years. He's attended the University of Louisville's elite camp the past two summers, saw significant minutes on a nationally- ranked Reserve Christian (LA) team last season and works out routinely against some of the top prospects from his home state, including LSU's Brandon Bass.

Making his first appearance at the star-studded camp that has produced hundreds of famous alums, including Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady, to name but a few, Walker says it's been a great learning experience for him this week.


Martez Walker
"This is my first year here and the week has been really great for me," Walker said. "I'm getting used to playing with all the All-Americans which is good for me. I wanted to learn how to work hard and take home the things that they taught me so I could work on it and get better. And I also wanted to get a little exposure out of it [camp]."

Standing about 6-foot-5, Walker can play any of the perimeter positions on the floor. He's a hard worker and a good student off the court, carrying a 3.2 GPA in the classroom. On the court, Walker has an excellent handle in the open court, uses a nice crossover and some quick spin moves to get in the lane in the half court and is unselfish with the basketball, almost too much so at times.

As with most players his age, though, Walker has a few areas of his game that he is still working to improve, specifically his outside shooting and defensive skills.

"I've got some things I've got to work on but I'm not that far away," Walker said. "I'm working to improve my shot and my defense. All I'm going to do now is go home with my dad and keeping working out and getting stronger. That's the main thing I need to do is get stronger."

And while it may be too early to even begin discussing Walker and potential college suiters in the same sentence, simply mentioning the name Louisville prompts a smile that radiates from ear-to-ear, "I love Louisville," Walker said with a big smile Friday night. "I like Louisville a lot because it has a great atmosphere. I like the college and what Coach Pitino does with his players."


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