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Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 11:17 am
 

Chris Walker with quick ascent to the top

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By Jeff Borzello

Unlike some of his counterparts in the class of 2013, Chris Walker’s rise to the top-tier of the rankings has not been a long process.

Walker’s athleticism and rebounding ability have always been attractive, but when he grew to 6-foot-10 and still improved his all-around game, he became a can’t-miss prospect.

“It was just me playing hard,” Walker said. “I tried to show everyone what I could do. I put in the work. I improved my game tremendously.”

His improvement is obvious immediately. While he still needs to work on his post moves, Walker has impressed with his ability to run the floor and make plays in transition. He can face-up and score with short jumpers or drives to the rim. Because of his length, he is a good shot-blocker.

The big man from Holmes County, Fla., has heard from a number of schools, including Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Syracuse, Memphis, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Kansas.

Five are standing out right now: Kentucky, Florida, Syracuse, Memphis and Kansas.

“I want a college that, off the court, makes you a better person,” Walker said. “I also want a great relationship with the coaches.”

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Katin Reinhardt starts over after decommitment

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By Jeff Borzello


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Katin Reinhardt has had the rep of a long-range shooter since he burst onto the scene at Mater Dei (Calif.) a couple of years ago.

The 6-foot-5 guard is no longer just a 3-point gunner, though. At the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia last week, Reinhardt showed the ability to handle the ball effectively and set up teammates for open shots.

“I’m working on all aspects of my game,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better, playing really well on the defensive end.”

Reinhardt had committed to USC on New Year’s Eve, but the two schools parted way in May. Since then, his recruitment has picked up in a major way.

He holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Arizona State, Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Colorado, with interest coming from Syracuse, Florida and Kentucky.

Reinhardt can’t point to a specific reason as to why his recruitment is heavier now than it was before his commitment to USC.

“I don’t really know,” he said. “They’re starting to see I’m playing hard.” 

There is no timetable for a decision from Reinhardt, but he does plan on trimming his list.

“I don’t have any favorites, I’m wide open,” he said. “But I’m going to cut it down to five.”

There are no leaders this point, but the schools that are coming after him the hardest will get the longest looks.

“The schools that offered will be looked at right away,” Reinhardt said.

Photo: MaxPreps.com

 
 
 
 
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