Star Sophomore Checks Out Chapel Hill

Ty Walker had a front row seat for North Carolina's 86-69 victory over Arizona on Saturday. It was an experience that the sophomore forward from Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover thoroughly enjoyed.

According to Walker, it was his high school coaches who helped to set up the trip.

"North Carolina is one of my favorite colleges. That's the place that I want to go, so my coaches called up there," said Walker. "They set it up for me so that I could get a look at what it was like in Chapel Hill."

After returning home and taking a day or so to process how he felt about the trip, Walker couldn't pick one specific thing that he liked most about his trip to Chapel Hill.

"I can't narrow it down to just one thing that was the best part," Walker told Inside Carolina. "It was everything. The campus, the players, the coaches, the crowd, I especially liked the game and the intensity. We were right there by the court and everything was great."

After watching the Heels knock off Arizona, Walker also had the opportunity to spend some time with UNC players like Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Reyshawn Terry. The meeting with Hansbrough resonated with the budding talent.

"It was great meeting Ty Hansbrough, especially after he had a game like he did," said Walker. "I can learn a lot from the way he plays and how he goes about doing things at 6-9."

"I met Roy Williams and the assistant coaches," Walker added. "I was really nervous, my hands were sweating and I was shaking. That's the first time I've met a great coach like that."

If you haven't heard or read about Walker just yet, you aren't alone. The long and lean forward is a developing player who hasn't put up huge numbers just yet. Ask him for his stats, and he can only tell you that he's blocking 3.9 shots per game. However, he's quickly establishing a reputation with college coaches because of his potential and is already hearing from N.C. State and Wake Forest, in addition to the Tar Heels.

"I need to work on getting stronger," said Walker who also commented that he was recently measured at 6-11. "I think I've built up on my defense and I can do better with my rebounding. I'm getting there with my rebounding, but I could do better with it and my scoring.

"I want to become a great player. I want to become a guy that people can rely on to hit a big shot and not make mistakes."

One person who is familiar with Walker's game is's Dave Telep. According to Telep, Walker has a bright future and he'll undoubtedly continue to be watched by North Carolina and many other top programs as he continues to develop.

"Having seen him as a freshman and now through his sophomore year, the strides are evident. He's in the process of going from prospect to player," says Telep. "By that I mean he's long and talented, but until recently didn't have any numbers to back up the potential. Now, he's playing with confidence, the numbers are beginning to come and his development is steady and right on course. With Ty you simply can't look at him now and make a judgement on him. Knowing the strides he's made and continuing to evaluate his progress is the key. Clearly, he has high-major potential in a big way."

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