Walker plans to 'turn it up' in July

Coming off a strong showing at the NBA Camp last week, Louisville commit Martez Walker plans to turn it up next month at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis. Known more for his unselfishness and team-first attitude, Walker wants to open things up in July and show people he's got first-rate scoring tools too.

Don't be surprised if Louisville commit Martez Walker cements himself as one of the top players in the Class of 2008 next month.

Walker, a 6'6, 210-pound forward, plans to take an unusual approach, though. He'll attend the Nike All-American Camp in early July, where the nation's top college coaches and national basketball media will converge, but probably won't hit the AAU circuit later in the month.

That means you won't see Walker in Las Vegas. Or Augusta. Or anywhere in between. That's why Walker plans to make his statement in Indianapolis.

"He's going to turn it up at Nike Camp," Martez' father, Larry Walker said. "We're going to let people see that he can get his own shot and score the ball. He's going to be a little more aggressive offensively."

In other words, pay attention Clark Francis, Dave Telep and the rest of the scouting world. The unselfish Walker, whose focus on playing team basketball and winning, often sacrifices his own scoring opportunities for the betterment of his team. Now, the plan is to open up Walker's game and show that he's capable of being as good a scorer as anyone at his position.

Walker is currently in Orlando, Florida, attending summer school and working out with Kevin Sutton at Montverde Academy. Walker had a strong showing last week in Richmond, Virginia at the NBA Players Camp where he averaged 9 points and helped lead his team to a second place finish in the Silver Bracket.

"He made plays in the open court, hit the open man with his passes and got down and played great defense," Larry Walker said of Tez' play in Richmond. "He can do a little bit of everything. He's not flair, he's all fundamentals."

Walker has shown significant improvement with his jump shot this summer and he's looking to continue to improve his all-around skills. Right now, Walker is focused on improving one of his physical traits before camp plays begins at Nike next week.

"I want to get him a little bit quicker and work on his lateral movement," Walker said.

While it's a bit unusual for one of the top players in the country to pull out of the AAU circuit, Larry Walker said there's a very good reason why Martez will stay off the road most of July.

"The main thing is he's looking to get ready for college so he can come in right away at Louisville and be a contributor," Walker said. "I tell him all the time the two most important things are to listen and learn. So he's going to work out with Coach Sutton this summer instead."

Walker might also spend some time in Louisville after the Nike Camp.


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