Mo Walker To Become a Minnesota Gopher

Maurice (Mo) Walker, a 6-10, 300-pounder from Brewster Academy who visited Minnesota this weekend, will become a Gopher. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Brewster head coach Jason Smith who said that a faxed letter of intent was sent to Walker's mother for her to sign and they plan sending Minnesota the signed copies via Fed EX today with an announcement by the school to happen tomorrow.

Mo 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.

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.

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 this upcoming 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.

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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