Rice should, again, have an exciting team. Based upon what the AAU coaches said during the summer, Kemba Walker should be a player many college coaches will pursue over the next couple of years. Walker is a 2008 prospect.
"He had a great summer," said New York City Gauchos coach Billy Lovett, who guided the famed AAU team to several tournament victories with the 16 and under team.
Walker, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior shooting guard/combo guard, fits into the terrific tradition of great players from Rice High School.
St. John's has made it known that they are seriously interested in Walker. And Kemba has taken an unofficial visit to the Queens campus. It's important that the Red Storm coaching staff continue to grab the best players from the New York area.
Brian Towey's scouting report:
"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.
"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."
Schools of Interest: Connecticut, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Memphis, Cincinnati, Miami and Georgetown.
Future Advantages: Coach Mo Hicks of Rice High School is an outstanding coach and terrific at developing young talent. With Lovett aboard as well during the summer, the Gauchos are a great fit for Walker too.