Walker Pulls The Trigger

Coming off a big time performance at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, Ty Walker decided to end his recruitment right before it began to heat up. The 7-foot, 220-pound junior pulled the trigger for an ACC school Monday evening.

Just two weeks ago, Ty Walker threw a block party at the Carolina Challenge. This week, the Wake Forest coaching staff is throwing a different kind of party, as they've picked up a commitment from a top 25 prospect from the class of 2008.

"It just felt like home for me" Walker said about Wake Forest. "When I first stepped on the campus for the first time, I knew that it was the place for me."

"There are so many things - the coaches, the players, the education, the basketball program, the Demon Deacon family. It all just had a big impact on my decision."

Walker, who averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks for the 4-A state champions this year, picked the Demon Deacons because of the loyalty they showed throughout the process.

"They believed in me when nobody else did. They were loyal to me when I was offered a scholarship in my sophomore year. That right there just tops everything. They were the ones who believed I could be somebody, and I thank them so much for that. I'm glad to be apart of their family."

The Wilmington (NC) New Hanover standout will bring a huge defensive presence to the table for Wake Forest, as he is easily the best shot blocker in the class of 2008.

"I see myself fitting in very well. I am the type of player who can block shots, run the floor, and use my range to my advantage. But I also will fit in with the players easily. Wake has some great players. I always enjoyed watching them and it is a dream come true to play with them."

Walker said he picked Wake Forest over North Carolina, Connecticut, N.C. State, East Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Kentucky, UNC-Wilmington, Clemson, Maryland, Arizona and Notre Dame.

"The recruiting process was a very difficult one," he said. "I had so many colleges that wanted me, but Wake showed me that they wanted me the most."

"My relationship with Coach Prosser is great. We have a close connection. It will get even better. I also have a very close connection with Coach Gaudio. I always like him. He is real smooth."

Walker, who will play with Boo Williams on the club circuit, is Wake Forest's first commitment of the 2008 class.

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