Shaw Already Making an Impact?

Washington Assistant Basketball Coach Jim Shaw came to Montlake with a bit of a reputation for recruiting. He's backing it up, getting some of the best guards in the midwest to take a closer look at a school on the left coast. The latest one? Kansas City (MO) Archbishop O'Hara PG/SG Marcus Walker. The 6-1, 165-pound Walker spoke to Wednesday about his game and who else is recruiting him.

"You can call me a point guard, but you can call me a shooting guard too," Walker said. "It doesn't matter. I think, more than likely, I'll be a point guard in college, but as long as we're getting the job done it doesn't matter to me. Winning is all that counts."

That's why, during a game where Walker scored a season-high 54 points, he was happier that AOH pulled out the win in double-overtime. "In the first half I only had 4 points," he said. The next thing I know, I've scored 45 points in the second half. It was an up-and-down game."

Walker averaged 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals a game as a junior. "Passing and scoring," he said when asked about his strengths as a player. "Defensively, I can get better. I need to get more strength, but my quickness helps me out a lot. I've been working out a lot, lifting, getting ready for this next season."

This summer Walker played for the Kansas City Keys during the AAU circuit.

In recruiting, Shaw has his work cut out for him. Besides Washington - Arkansas, Missouri, Cincinnati, Illinois, Duquense and Iowa have all expressed a lot of interest in the cat-quick guard. All but Cincinnati and Illinois have offered scholarships, but Walker said that he has in-home visits with those two schools coming soon.

So what is Shaw telling Walker about the situation at Montlake? "He's a new coach there, so he's telling me how much he likes it there," said Walker. "I know him because he was recruiting me at Oklahoma too. He's been telling me how he's adjusting to it and how the team is up-and-coming. They led the conference in scoring, maybe even the nation - I can't remember. That's how much I know about the school so far.

"I know nothing about Seattle, Washington, other than what the coaches are telling me. It seems like a pretty cool place. They've just been telling me the basics."

Walker hasn't talked to UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, but that connection should be made shortly. "I'm supposed to call him and he's supposed to be on a home visit pretty soon," said Walker.

Word around hoops recruiting circles had Walker officially visiting Washington the weekend of the 18th - the same weekend the football team takes on UCLA - but nothing is set in stone. "I'm not for sure yet," Walker said when asked about official visits. "I'm kind of a late-comer and all of this is kind of new to me. I'm supposed to sit down with my parents and we'll discuss this. It should be fun. I'm enjoying it right now, but it's about to get serious."

Walker claims no favorites from the schools recruiting him. He scored a 16 on ACT and is planning on retaking it. "I'm going to take the second ACT of the year and the first SAT of the year," he said.

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