Walker To Announce Decision In November

The Ohio State basketball coaching staff has been hot on the trail of one of the top prospects in the 2013 class. Chris Walker, a five star power forward out of Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County, will announce his decision Nov. 15. Get his take on Ohio State inside.

Not even into his junior basketball season and Chris Walker admitted he's already growing tired of the recruiting process. That's why the five star 2013 power forward prospect out Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County will announce his college decision the day of his season opener on Nov. 15.

What is clearly a testament to his immense talent, the 6-10, 205-pound Walker already has college basketball's most elite programs sitting on the edge of their seats hoping he selects them when he comes to a decision in the coming months.

"When I was a freshman I wanted to commit on the first game of my junior year and I want to try and get other players in the 2013 class rolling," Walker told BSB. "There are a lot of coaches and people calling all the time. I am just trying to concentrate on basketball and school."

Walker, ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in his class according to Scout.com, has a big six weeks ahead of him, as there are still eight programs that have made his final list that still have a chance to land his services.

Ohio State — who made Walker's top five list in early Sept. — joins Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Memphis as schools still alive for Walker.

Though he has yet to visit Ohio State's campus, Walker said he hopes to make plans to visit Columbus in October before coming to his announcement date.

"What I am going to try to do is take visits to every school before the 15th," he said. "I am going to try and visit Ohio State soon. I talk to Coach (Dave) Dickerson and I am going to try and call him to set up a visit."

Though Walker is commonly viewed as a tough pull for Ohio State given southern roots, the power forward prospect has remained enthusiastic about his relationship with Dickerson and what Ohio State has to offer.

Already friend with Ohio State sophomore big man Jared Sullinger, Walker said he communicates with the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the season on a regular basis.

"I like the coaches," Walker said. "I haven't seen the campus yet, but I have seen some of the games on TV last year and I really like the way they play. I am cool with Jared, too. We talk at least every couple days and he tells me and says I need to come visit and that the campus is awesome and that I would fall in love with it."

Walker said all the schools still remaining on his list are currently on a level playing field but he could anticipate cutting programs off the list prior to his announcement day. Whether or not he'll do that is still undecided.

Perhaps the biggest goal Walker has for his future is reaching the NBA and he's said in numerous interviews that he'd likely leave school after his freshman year if he has an opportunity to be a one-and-done.

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has already become synonymous for recruiting one-and-dones and Sullinger is someone that turned his back on what likely would have been a lottery pick in exchange for his sophomore season with the program.

Dickerson hasn't been shy about discussing Walker's NBA goals with the prospect and pointed out that Ohio State would be a good place for him to follow those dreams.

"Coach Dickerson told me that if I am trying to be one and done that I could get it done at Ohio State," Walker said.

Even with the decision looming in the near future, Walker said he'd continue to focus on the factors that will make the school he chooses the right fit.

"I want to go to a school that has great academics and a great fan base," he said. "A school that has coaches that I can get real good and close with and coaches that will help me on and off the court to become a better man."

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