Walker Remains Open

Guard Will Walker of Romeoville, Illinois had a great showing at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina last weekend, and it seems like his list of schools is changing as a result. Walker recently listed Ohio State as a school that is high on his list, but other schools may have moved up. Kyle Lamb has the latest.

It seemed as though the list was getting much shorter for Will Walker. While that list isn't growing daily, he isn't quite ready to trim it down to just one team.

Fresh off a terrific performance in North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Walker is fully expecting several other teams to begin recruiting him. And they are.

Earlier in the week, Walker was quoted as saying N.C. State and Ohio State was leading the pack along with Wyoming and Miami (Fla.). There are a handful of other teams now joining the fray.

"I guess everything is pretty much the same right now, and I'm not really sure which ones are my favorites now," Walker said. "I like Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. Those are the teams that are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Walker, who averaged nearly 20 points a game this past weekend and over five assists a game for the Illinois Wolves, says that Ohio State, Miami, and Florida State are the teams that have offered him a scholarship of that group.

This weekend, Walker is set to take his ACT test and will begin taking visits sometime in July when he has a break in his schedule. This past weekend, he had a short bit of time to take a tour around N.C. State when his team was playing on campus.

"The coaches just showed me around a little bit," Walker noted. "It wasn't really a visit, but just a tour of the arena and campus."

Most teams are recruiting Walker as a point guard, although some have recruited him as a combo guard.

One of those teams, Miami, now has commitments from Edwin Rios, a top-tier PG in the class of 2007, and just this week, James Dews—a 6-4 SG from West Chester (Oh.) Lakota East, although Walker says that will not preclude him from considering the Hurricanes.

It's the versatility of playing as a combo guard that attracts Walker to Ohio State.

"I could play either position, and joining a recruiting class like that could be pretty good," Walker said. "I don't have a preference as to which position I prefer really. I would want to work hard and play."

According to Walker, Ohio State is hoping to have a point guard to join commitments David Lighty and Daequan Cook in the backcourt and he says that Indianapolis Lawrence North guard Mike Conley is their first choice.

"They want him to be the point guard and have me as a combo," Walker said. "I would say when I've talked to him, it seems like that's what he's doing (going to Ohio State). I think he's definitely leaning that way."

This past weekend, Walker got a lot of attention after scoring 28 points against Javaris Crittenton, a 6-5 point guard from Atlanta. Games like that one and games where he scored 20 points/10 assists and 21 points/11 assists against the New Jersey Playaz and Philly MJC respectively are why teams are trying to get involved again.

For instance, Georgia Tech.

"They have really started to get back in on me," he explained. "They are really interested again, especially after the tournament."

A confident Walker thinks highly of his own ability. Now, he's looking for a way to convey that confidence in his teammates as a leader.

"I'm working hard to be more of a vocal leader on the floor," Walker said. "I need to lead my team better than I did last year, so I'm trying to make sure everyone is in the right spot and everything."

Walker is planning to take his visits in July, and he hopes to have a decision made by the end of summer or possibly early in the fall. Until then, he said he just wants to relax and take his time.

At this pace, if he takes too much longer, his list will continue to grow.


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