Mo Walker Likes Minnesota Visit

Maurice (Mo) Walker, a 6-10, 300-pounder from Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, visited Minnesota this weekend and liked what he saw, according to his father Craig Walker. Walker, who is one of the top available big men, was hearing from schools such as Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Marquette, Providence and Minnesota. He could make a decision soon to become a Golden Gopher.

Mo Walker, who previously visited Pittsburgh, made an official visit to Minnesota this weekend along with his mother and Father. His dad, Craig, is a women's basketball coach at Seneca, where he finished his second season and led the team to a 12-4 conference mark on a freshman-dominated team. He previously served as an assistant coach for nine years. Walker, who is 6-foot-7, played college basketball in the 80's at Seneca.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Craig to learn the latest on his son's recruitment.

"We're mulling it over. We are doing a list of pro and cons. There are a couple more schools in mind, but we liked what we saw in Minnesota. We are mulling it over right now and sit down as a family tonight and make a call on it."

The late signing period starts Wednesday and Craig admits that they are not sure if his son will sign his letter of intent that first day.

"We haven't thought that part through yet."

Craig Walker said that he enjoyed his time during the visit.
"I have known Minnesota for awhile. We have some family there (his brother lives in Edina). Hei has lived there for ten or twelve years."

Craig said that his son enjoyed the official visit to Minnesota.

"He is familiar with the city and he knows the school. We have to see some games the previous years. I think that he liked it. We have some family there. He has been away for school the last few years and with my brother being there, we know that it is a good school. A good institution."

Craig admits that the fact that he could play with fellow Canadian Devoe Joseph and possibly Devoe's younger brother Cory, who is considering Minnesota among his top five.

"All those things are pro."

Minnesota is looking for frontcourt size with questions surrounding the futures of Trevor Mbakwe and Royce White. The Gophers were also pursuing junior college forward Dwight McCombs, but he canceled his visit, due to concerns about playing time with the Gophers. McCombs will visit Arizona State next weekend,

Walker visited Pittsburgh in November and nearly committed to the Panthers. However, he decided to take other visits before making his decision. Pittsburgh signed three players in the early signing period and would have to have a player transfer to open up a scholarship for Walker.

Brewster Academy won the National Prep Championship and the New England Championship and finished with a record of 35-5.

Walker was named to the NEPSC Class A honorable mention. The Canadian native was named the 2009 Ontario Mr. Basketball. He is a three-time member of Canadian Junior National Basketball Team and a two-time member of Canadian Nike Global Game Team. Walker was a first Team All-Canada selection and played for Team Takeover-Canada.

Head coach Tubby Smith and assistant Saul Smith had both been to watch Walker in action.

Walker, a native of Toronto, recently told the Rutgers' Scout site that a combination of coach Tubby Smith and having family in Minnesota are making the Golden Gophers an attractive choice.

"Those were the schools on the top of my list at that time,'' Walker said. "I'm more leaning toward Minnesota right now. I like Tubby Smith as a coach. I like that I have family out there. It's an up and coming program. It's possible I could commit during the visit.

"The other schools have a chance. But if I go to Minnesota and like what they offer, then I'll commit.''

Gophers fans are hoping that his friendship with fellow Canadian Cory Joseph could convince the McDonald's All-American guard to follow him to Minnesota. The Gopher have his older brother, Devoe Joseph on the roster.

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