Kemba Walker Discusses His Recruiting

A look at the recruiting process of Kemba Walker ...

New York Gauchos coach Billy Lovett has been tugging on our proverbial shirt sleeve since the spring about Rice guard Kemba Walker. The 6-foot, 168 pound junior shooting guard/combo guard is the goods, claims Lovett, and led the loaded Gauchos 16-and-under crew to a nearly flawless record this past summer. Accordingly, we decided it was time to give the man the floor.

"I think he's a big-time player," said Lovett. "I think he has high major ability. I like him because he gives it you at both ends of the court. He was the glue for this team all summer. He kept us together. He did everything we needed as a team to win, whether it was getting a stop, making the extra pass, or making the big shot."

Frankly, we agree. Walker is a major talent. He plays with that trademark Rice tenacity, in attack mode at both ends of the floor. He's a difficult guy to contain off the bounce, dodgy and elusive. He's a scoring guard who brings it on both ends.

Some major programs have taken notice. "St. John's is recruiting me," said Walker. "Memphis, and Cincinnati. There's a couple of schools that are recruiting me."

His Gaucho coaches added Miami and Georgetown to the list of interested parties, among others.

Rice will have to fend without Curtis Kelly and Edgar Sosa, who are now college freshmen. But don't feel sorry for these guys. Walker, who played on the varsity as a sophomore, will be one of the anchors for Coach Mo Hicks' young but hardly inexperienced bunch, recently named a team captain as a junior.

Walker will be joined by a pair of very capable sophomores in the backcourt in Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones and Durand Scott. As a relative greybeard, Walker will lead. "Coach Hicks is going to look for me to be a leader this year," said Walker.

Walker considers his ability to get the rim to be a major strength, as well as his defense. He's a tough guy for defenders to mark, jabbing and juking past.

Kemba says that he is working on his consistency shooting the ball. He has shown some range and the ability to stroke it off the dribble.

While theirs is the youngest of the bunch, add Rice to the list of formidable CHSAA backcourts. Christ the King, with Malik Boothe and Erving Walker, and St. Raymond's, with Gerald Colds and Darryl "Truck" Bryant, are the two of the league's other potent guard combinations.

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