Walker had attended Rick Pitino's summer camp since the seventh grade and verbally committed to Louisville as an eighth grader. A former high school teammate of U of L sophomore Jonathan Huffman, Walker currently is coming off the bench for unbeaten Montverde (FL) Academy this season after leading Central Park Christian (AL) to the NIC national championship last year.
"He's a good program guy," one noted recruiting analyst said. "But I think Louisville is really just looking for someone a little better that can come in and make an immediate impact."
Pitino currently has two verbal commitments in the junior class – 6-4 guard Melquan Bolding from White Plains, New York and 7-1 center Jeff Withey. Both Bolding and Withey are considered Top 100 recruits and Pitino has stated in the past that he intends to bring in a top-rated recruiting class in 2008.
Those hopes likely hinge on the decision of 6-4 guard Tyreke Evans of American Christian Academy in Aston, PA. Pitino and assistant Steve Masiello traveled to New York last week to see Evans play. Louisville's decision to part ways with Walker could be a solid indication that the Cardinals feel good about their chances of landing the nation's #1 junior guard.
Louisville also is hot on the trail of 6-8 junior forward Samardo Samuels. UConn and North Carolina are thought to the frontrunners for the nation's #1 center. Louisville, Georgetown, Rutgers, Florida and Seton Hall are also in the mix.
"I just want to find what is the best fit for me," Samuels recently told Scout.com. "I consider myself an enforcer and I'm going to make then give me the ball inside wherever I go. I want to go somewhere I'm going to get better and excel."