2008's Walker Reaches Decision

Ty Walker is going to play his college basketball in the ACC. New Hanover's 7-foot giant decided Monday night that it was time to end his recruitment. One ACC program locked down the state of North Carolina's top prospect and that's cause to celebrate.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons scored a major commitment from one of the most talented shot blockers in the nation Monday night. While the Florida Gators were in the midst of winning their second national title, Ty Walker was busy making a collegiate decision.

Walker, the MVP of the 4-A state title game, picked the Wake Forest Demon Deacons over a host of big time programs. "I'm looking forward to being a part of a great family," Walker told Scout.com.

Destined to move into the Scout.com Top 25, Walker has made consistent strides since his freshman season. Known as a dominant shot blocker, Walker has begun expanding his game. Comfortable facing the basket, he averaged 11.3 points at the recent Carolina Challenge where his defensive abilities shined through.

Credit the Demon Deacons for landing the No. 1 junior prospect in the state of North Carolina. North Carolina State offered; North Carolina lurked. Kentucky was looking and Florida was doing homework on Walker. He was sure to experience a spring rise once the AAU season began this weekend. The Deacons took that right out of the equation by getting him committed.

"They said they were going to have a big party because I was their No. 1 recruited player," Walker said. "They said they were going to have a parade but I know they were joking around."

Walker, who runs with Boo Williams, averaged 7 blocks a game as a junior and rejected 8 shots in the state title game. He said Wake Forest had always shown a commitment to recruiting him and never wavered.

"They were always there for me when no one else believed in me. I felt like I got along with their players and I'm cool with Ish (Smith).

"I knew a couple of days ago. I was thinking about it and the coaches kept sending me text messages and they seemed like they cared the most. I felt like that was the place for me."

With the decision behind him, Walker remains focused on improving and reaching his vast potential. Since his freshman season he's made measurable strides. He averaged double-figures this year and more jumps in production are to be expected as the progress continues.

"It's a weight off me. I had all these colleges breathing down my neck. I don't have to worry about anything but playing basketball and just focus on that."

Now Wake Forest can focus on building a recruiting class around him. It'll be a class which could feature a heavy in-state focus. Victor Davila and Kenny Gabriel are among the targets thought to be


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