Marcus Walker plans Gopher visit

Marcus Walker, a 6-foot-2 guard from Kansas City (MO) Archbishop O'Hara is one of the country's top scorers. Walker won the 2004 DiRenna Award, given annually to the metro's top boys' basketball player. Walker averaged 26.9 points last season, leading the city in scoring and helping his team to a berth in the state quarterfinals. He is the school's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,800 points as a three-year starter. College Basketball News spoke to Walker about his recruitment.

Marcus Walker will visit Minnesota Sept. 17. He admits that he is still wide open on which school he will choose.


"I don't have a list yet. I am also hearing from Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Duquesne, Washington, Cincinnati and Illinois."


The first five schools plus Minnesota have already offered him a scholarship.


Walker admits that he is not that familiar with Minnesota.


"I don't know that much, but it sounds like I'll like it."


Walker said that he has only been to Minnesota once before, traveling as a member of the Rocktown AAU team during the Sabes Invitational Tournament.


"I'm looking for a school that is not too far away from home. School is important, but my main focus is basketball. I'm looking for a good family atmosphere. I'm looking to have fun on my visit and remember it for a long time."


Walker led his team to a 20-8 mark and a spot in the quarterfinals this past season. They lose two starters, and Walker admits that they have high expectations for the upcoming season.


"We are looking to going to state and win it. We have a few sophomore players who can step in."


Walker has a chance to become the area's all-time leading scorer. He averaged 19 points a game as a freshman and 22 points as a sophomore.


"I have high expectations. I have the school record and I'm close to Anthony Peeler's record, but I'm not worried about that. I want to win state. He (Peeler) did not do that in his career.


Walker has worked hard in the offseason on his game. He played in the Kingwood Classic, Nike Main Event, Price Chopper and Bob Gibbons' Tournament and also attended the Reebok abcd Camp. He attended summer school and is awaiting word on the affect on his summer grades on his transcripts. Walker scored a 17 on his ACT and is running cross country, instead of playing football.


"I'm running cross country, instead of playing football to get ready for the season. I'm might miss football, but it is too risky to play when I have a future in basketball."





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