Hoops Recruiting: Torin Walker Talks OSU

Torin Walker made two telephone calls on Monday. One was to the coaching staff of the Minnesota Gophers and the other was to the Georgia Bulldog coaching staff. The 17-year-old from Columbus (Northside), Ga., had to deliver some bad news – that he was canceling his scheduled visits to those schools in the next few weeks because he knows where he will be signing in November.

Walker (who told GoPokes.com that he is now 6-foot-11, 230 pounds) confirmed Monday night that he verbally committed to Oklahoma State while on his official visit this past weekend.

He told first-year Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford on Saturday night – after watching the Cowboy football team's victory over Houston at Boone Pickens Stadium – that he wanted to wear the orange and black beginning in 2009.

Walker says he will sign during the early signing period in November.

"Oklahoma State is a very, very nice school," Walker said. "The coaching staff was extremely nice, Stillwater is a good basketball town, and the fans are great.

"I knew in my mind that's where I want to be. I don't need to take any of my other visits because Oklahoma State is where I want to be," he continued. "I had visits to Minnesota and Georgia set up but I canceled those."

Oklahoma State's coaching staff started recruiting the athletic big man in June, and made quite an impression on him from the first day they visited him in his home in Columbus, Ga.

"Coach Ford and Coach (Butch) Pierre both came down to visit me. They took a jet down here to see me. I remember that, and that really got me there. They told me they were serious," said Walker, who averaged 17.3 points and 12.8 rebounds as a junior last season.

Walker was asked to describe his game for fans who have never seen him play. "I'm a decent shooter, a low-post banger. I like to get rebounds. I love to get the ball down low and putting it in the hole. I love playing defense and blocking shots. I love running the floor. One thing I need to keep improving is my dribbling. I am a pretty decent passer too," he said.

Walker's host while on his visit to Stillwater this past weekend was current Cowboy Marshall Moses, but he also spent a lot of time with Fred Gulley, the point guard from Fayetteville, Ark., who committed to Oklahoma State early in the summer and was also making his official visit.

"Fred is a really cool guy. He's got a good head on his shoulders. He's a real good player; a real good prospect. I look forward to playing on the same team with him," Walker said.

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