Walker sets unselfish tone at Nike Camp

Indianapolis, IN -- 2008 Louisville commit Martez Walker got off to a good start Thursday at the Nike All-America Camp, showcasing an unselfish, all-around game. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the 6'5 Walker Thursday night and has the details of his first day at Nike.

Indianapolis - Don't expect Martez Walker to change the way he plays the game of basketball just because he's at the Nike All-America Camp, an event where some players are only concerned about how many points they can score.

Perhaps unselfish to fault at a place like Nike, Walker refuses to allow himself to fall into the me-first, get my points trap that so many players do. Rather, Walker prefers to share the ball and showcase his all-around skills.

Point in case: Instead of going in for an uncontested dunk after making a steal at the top of the key during the night game, the 6'5, 209-pound Louisville commit handed the ball off to a teammate just a step ahead on the break for an easy basket.

Typical Walker.

With Louisville assistant Marvin Menzies looking on, Walker helped lead his Michigan State team to an opening round win during the afternoon session. He scored 8 point, hauled down four rebounds and handed out several assists, setting an unselfish tone for his teammates to follow.

"The first game, my team, we all played together, we all got shots and no body was selfish," Walker said. "I did my part on offense and defense and I just wanted to be an all-around player that got my teammates involved. I just wanted to show that I can do all the little things and that I'm fundamentally sound."

In his team's night game against Iowa, led by 7'0 teammate Solomon Alabi and 6'8 Patrick Patterson, Walker scored six points and grabbed four rebounds. Though his team lost a hard fought contest by two points, Walker showed why Louisville extended an offer almost two years ago. He ran the break, finishing twice in traffic – once with a thunderous right-handed jam over two defenders, played solid defense and got his teammates involved on the offensive end.

"It was a real good game," Walker said. "It was a battle from the start. It was back and forth, we'd score and then they'd score. We've got great players and so did they. That's why they call it the All-America camp."

Prior to coming to Nike this week, Walker spent the better half of last month preparing for camp in Florida at his new school, Montverde Academy. In between summer classes, Walker has been working hard to improve his game.

"I'm down there right now," said Walker. "I've been down there for two weeks. All the basketball players take summer classes and after class we go into our team practices and summer conditioning – lifting weights, shooting and ball-handling drills, and coordination. I like it a lot. It's a great change for me."

Walker, who averaged 22 points and five rebounds as a sophomore at Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Alabama, thinks his transfer to Montverde will pay-off in the long run.

"I think it's going to bring me to another level because the intensity of practice will be hard everyday," said Walker. "I've got some good competition during practice and a challenge every day. So I thinks it's going to make a big change in my game."

Though most players will travel the AAU circuit after leaving the shoe camps this week, Walker won't. Instead, he'll return to Montverde to continue preparing for his junior season.

"I'm going to be doing individual workouts at my (new) school with Coach Sutton," Walker said. "I'm just trying to get the feel of the new system. I'll just be working on all individual stuff."


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