The 6-foot-7 Louisville commit, rated the No. 8 small forward in the Class of 2008, has decided to transfer from Birmingham's Central Park Christian, where he played the past two seasons, to Florida's Montverde Academy for his final two years of high school.
Walker is no stranger to picking up and moving. Born in Detroit, Walker has lived all over the United States, from California to Louisiana, and Indiana to Alabama. This latest move from his Bessemer, Alabama home to Montverde, Florida, appears his last before heading to Louisville two years from now.
"This will be his last move," Walker's father, Larry, told InsideTheVille.com.
Why Montverde? Among the reasons: Better competition, a more challenging national-caliber schedule, and a lengthy list of Division 1 prospects turned out by Montverde coach Kevin Sutton, including Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (UCLA), Randolph Childress (Wake Forest), George Lynch (North Carolina), Nate James (Duke) and L.D. Williams (Wake Forest).
Walker is headed
to Montverde (FL) Academy
"Montverde's a great school – it's a college preparatory academy," Walker said. "Montverde is really going to challenge and better prepare Martez to compete athletically and academically at the next level."
"Coach Sutton is a great character man and his workouts and structure will really help Martez develop on and off the court," added Walker. "I really think this is going to prepare him to come to Louisville and succeed. Martez feels great about the move. He knows it's the right time for him to move on and accept a stronger challenge on the court and in the classroom."
Walker, a junior, will play with the Rising Stars of America this weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina. As a sophomore, he led Central Park Christian to a 24-1 record and the NACA Division IA Boys Basketball National Championship, averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Later this summer, Walker will attend the Lloyds of London ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ and he's also been invited to participate in the USA Olympic Festival next year.