Pitino visits Martez Walker

Rick Pitino and assistant Kevin Willard traveled to Montverde Academy in Florida Thursday to check in on 2008 Louisville commit Martez Walker. Walker spoke with InsideTheVille.com Thursday night about life at his new school.

Rick Pitino and assistant Kevin Willard traveled to Montverde Academy in Florida Thursday to check in on 2008 Louisville commit Martez Walker.

Walker, a talented junior forward, transferred to Montverde this summer after playing at Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Alabama the past two years where he averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore.

"They came to watch practice today," Walker told InsideTheVille.com Thursday night.

Walker, the son of a military officer, is no stranger to moving around. He admitted that his most recent move to Florida was tough, especially in the beginning when he again found himself distanced from his parents. With his parents, and younger brother Marcus, back home in Birmingham, Walker lives with a host family – Mr. and Mrs. Morris. According to Martez, Mrs. Morris is a University of Kentucky graduate.

"I like it a lot here," said Walker. "It's a challenge academically and on the basketball court, but it's really helping getting me ready to come to Louisville and play right away."


Walker has gained 10 pounds
since arriving at Montverde
Academy.

At Montverde, Walker works out on the court and in the weight every day. He's gained ten pounds of muscle since arriving at the Florida campus over the summer and now stands nearly 6'7 and 215 pounds. "It's like a college level workout," says Walker.

Though the move from Birmingham was a tough one, Walker is sure he made the decision that is in his best for his future.

"I'm out here for a reason and that's to become a better human being," Walker said. "I'm meeting new people here and learning a lot. I think I made the right decision by coming here. It's very structured here, but I don't mind the discipline. You don't have to tell me what to do because I'm going to do the right thing."

Walker is also planning to set up an unofficial visit during the basketball season. Don't be surprised if Walker attends U of L's Dec. 16 contest against Kentucky. His team will also travel to Louisville Feb. 17 to play Pleasure Ridge Park.

"I'm looking forward to that one," Walker said. "They beat my team as a freshman and they always have a good team. I'm looking forward to coming up to Louisville and playing at a place I consider home."


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