It’s not often a junior sets a decision date, but Chris Walker announced Sunday he would be committing on November 15.
“It’s my first game,” Walker told CBSSports.com.
Walker, ranked No. 5 by CBSSports.com in the class of 2013, will choose between Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida State, Ohio State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Memphis.
When we spoke with Walker two weeks ago, he said that Florida, Florida state, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas were standing out to him as a top five. He has taken trips to Florida and Florida State, and plans to go to Kansas for its Midnight Madness festivities. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner went to Walker’s high school on Monday to watch him work out.
Walker, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Holmes County (Fla.), has improved drastically over the past year. He runs the floor exceptionally well and knows how to make plays in transition. Walker can knock down short jumpers or drive to the rim, and he is also very solid on the defensive end due to his defense and athleticism.
Poythress cuts list to four, eliminates Duke
Duke and Alex Poythress were associated with each other over the summer on multiple occasions. There was mutual interest from both parties, and then the two made news with the Blue Devils offering him a scholarship during an AAU tournament.
It looks like that chapter of Poythress’ recruitment is over, though, as he cut Duke from his list on Monday morning.
Poythress is down to Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt and Memphis. The 6-foot-8 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) has visited Vanderbilt already, and will take trips to Florida and Memphis in the coming weeks. Poythress will also head to Kentucky for its midnight madness.
Poythress is ranked No. 14 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
It was a busy weekend for commitments, as several high-major prospects made their decisions.
- Elijah Macon – West Virginia
- Christian Sanders – Stanford
- Bronson Koenig – Wisconsin
- Tyler Cavanaugh – Wake Forest
- Waverly Austin – South Florida
- Kodi Justice – Arizona State
- Nolan Berry – Butler
- Buddy Hield – Oklahoma
- Anthony Clemmons – Iowa
Chris Jones advances process
Although he was overshadowed on the New Jersey Playaz by plenty of high-major prospects, Chris Jones still managed to get noticed by plenty of scouts and coaches.
Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard from Teaneck (N.J.), is a very good scorer who uses his size and strength to score at the rim. He has good athleticism and is effective off the dribble.
He took an unofficial visit to Manhattan last week, and also went to Towson officially this past weekend.
“That was cool,” Jones said of Manhattan. “They have a real experienced staff with Scott Padgett playing in the NBA. And Manhattan is close so that was a plus.”
Of Towson, Jones said: “It was a good visit. I like the campus. The coaches were honest with me, and I had fun with the guys.”
He trips to Siena this weekend, and is also looking to set up a visit to La Salle. Massachusetts is in the mix as well.
“There is no real set time,” Jones said of a decision. “I’m really just evaluating all of them.”