Walker commit firm, but he'll listen to others

<b>SCOUTHOOPS.COM</B> The second commitment from the Class of 2008 happened over the weekend. Martez Walker, a hot name in the Class of 2008, recently made his decision.

The Louisville Cardinals landed a commitment from a prominent member of the Class of 2008 last weekend. Martez Walker, a 6-foot-5 wing out Birmingham (Ala.) Central Park Christian, decided it was time to end his recruitment basically before it even started.

"That's where he wants to go to school at," Larry Walker, Martez's father said. "I'd been telling him for a little while to hold off but he already knows. They offered over the summer and I told him that he has time to enjoy the recruiting a little. Martez is mature and he doesn't care about the recruiting. He knows where he wants to go and he wanted to make his decision."

Walker, the product of a military family, has lived in Japan, California, Louisiana and now Alabama. Last season, he went to school at Reserve Christian in LaPlace, La., but transferred to begin his high school career. He's averaging in the neighborhood of 18 points a game this year.

At this point in time, Walker's commitment is nothing more than a non-binding verbal. However, his father made it clear that Louisville is his college choice. They will continue to listen to pitches from college recruiters, just in case something doesn't work out.

"I'll still listen to other schools," Larry Walker said. "You just don't know because it's just a commitment. Over three years the situation might change. Hopefully it doesn't but he'll still listen to other schools."

Walker had some ties to the Louisville program that really precipitated the commitment. He played AAU ball last summer with Cardinals signee Jonathan Huffman. He had forged a relationship with assistant Vince Taylor and on a number of occasions attended Louisville's elite summer camp.

Many times, when a young man commits this early in the process, complacency sets in. According to dad, that won't happen to Martez.

"There's no pressure. He doesn't really care about the hype. He's going to play hard anyway and once people get to know this kid, they'll see he wants to be good. He's going to continue to improve because he wants to be good. No one pushes him, he wants it himself. He wants to be an elite player."

Ohio State is the only other school in America with a commitment from the Class of 2008.


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