TOC: Walker helps team to title

Louisville commit Martez Walker, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior, played a key role this weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, helping lead the Rising Stars of America to the "Select" title Sunday afternoon at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Louisville commit Martez Walker played a key role off the bench this weekend to help the Rising Stars of America capture the "Select" title at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds in four playoff games, including an 18 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist effort in the first round Saturday night against the Carolina Celtics and 6-foot-9 LaRon Dendy, a South Carolina commit.

The Rising Stars won three games Sunday to claim the title, defeating Top 100 recruit Eshaunte Jones and Blessed IJN from Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the final. Walker posted a double-double against Blessed, hanging 10 points and 10 rebounds on Eric Vaughn's team.

Walker complimented 2007 stars Chase Stanback, Darnell Gant and Jon Reed, playing about 15 minutes per game in the tournament. Though his playing time was somewhat limited, Walker's father told it was a good lesson learned.

"Martez has started all his life," Larry Walker said. "For him to come off the bench was a good lesson to learn for when he gets to Louisville. Plus, his body didn't get worn down like some of the guys who played 32 minutes every game. It was a great experience and he's very happy to come away with a championship."

In the semifinals, Walker had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists against the Houston Select. Walker also put up 10 points and five boards against Eric Wallace and D-One Sports.

The "Select" bracket comprised teams that finished second in their pool. The Rising Stars of America tied D.C. Assault with a 2-1 record but lost the pool on the tiebreaker.

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