It was also an opportunity on this night for Erving Walker of Christ The King High in Middle Village, New York to show he was as good as any player in his class of 2008. Walker is coming into this season for CTK and being counted on to deliver to help in the future success of the CHSAA program.
"I had a good time," said Walker. "It was a good chance to play against tough players and see what you got."
Walker is an exciting offensive player. He has the ability to knock down five or six straight three-pointers. His range on his jumper has improved over the past year. He competed for the Juice All Stars over the summer and at times, had some tremendous games.
Erving was a big part of the Juice's amazing 27-point comeback win over the very talented GC Ballers at the Playaz Ball in mid-July during the coaches' evaluation period. Walker drained five straight three's to help the Juice climb back into the game.
But like most players on the high school level, guards that go about 5-foot-6 are likely to be met with some resistance from college recruiters. But Walker can play. And he's good enough to play at any level due to his ability to score from deep.
On the cold, misty night in Harlem, New York, Walker provided some cheers from the locals too with his shooting. He hit on three three-pointers during his time on the court. Walker didn't shoot the ball like he normally would during an AAU event but it was enough to show that he can provide some offensive spark for any team.
Walker said he is open in his recruiting process. But he said there are some schools that interest him. "Tennessee, Illinois, Seton Hall, Florida, St. John's, Oklahoma, Virginia and Virginia Tech are some schools I like," Walker said. "I don't have a favorite or a leader. I am open."
Erving has a couple of more seasons to polish his game. But college coaches that evaluate him know one aspect of his game is pretty attractive -- the ability to shoot. It's a weapon that is badly needed in any college program.