2015 Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti forward Cameron Walker has had a fun summer by his standards, playing on a Compton Magic team that won the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas two weekends ago. The games en route to the championship drew a variety of college coaches, ranging from Steve Alford of UCLA to USC's Andy Enfield.
Many were in attendance to see the 6'7 Walker in action. The three-star power forward has drawn interest from schools across the country, in large part thanks to his ability to get red hot from three.
"It's been a lot of Ivy League schools, like Harvard and Columbia," Walker said. "And then Pac-12 schools like Stanford, UCLA, and USC. And a couple of Mountain West schools like San Diego State. It feels like a couple more schools are always coming in."
As you might imagine, with that list of schools, academics shouldn't be a red flag in Walker's recruitment.
"I mean, what if you have a professional career and you get injured?" Walker said. "That's what my family always says. Grades have always been very important, and I've always been held to a high standard when it comes to grades."
Academics will play a big role in his decision, since the rising junior takes the long view when considering his future.
"I always look at life after basketball," Walker said. "If there's a chance I won't be able to play professionally, I want to have a backup plan."
For now, Walker is simply in the process of evaluating potential schools. He says that he's visited UCLA twice, Stanford three times, and each of Pepperdine, Irvine, USC, and San Diego State.
"Almost all of the schools recruiting me have offered except for UCLA, Stanford, and Pepperdine," Walker said. "I'm hoping they do, if I keep working hard."
Walker sees himself primarily as a three at the next level, with some ability to play the two.
"It'd be a stretch to be a four," Walker said. "But I guess I could be a stretch four."
To make sure he can stay on the wing in college, Walker wants to drastically improve his ball-handling.
"I want to be able to dribble like a guard," Walker said. "I also want to improve my body so I can be more physical with guys."
In terms of a decision, Walker already has his eye on a time frame.
"I'm thinking about early in my senior year," Walker said. "Not just to commit, but to actually sign in November. Right now, the recruiting process is getting annoying a little bit. It's going to get even worse."
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