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Chris Walker Gunning For That #1 Spot (and UK offer)

Okay, this is not the right Chris Walker…how about this one?

Class of 2013 6’9 PF Chris Walker is back in the news now that the season is over.  During the 2010-2011 season, we saw Walker emerge out of Florida has a dominant high school basketball player with insane physical gifts.  His work on the spring and summer circuit landed him a spot in every recruiting sites top 10 for the Class of 2013.  Walker made waves during the off season last year when his list fluctuated, as he dropped and added UK depending on how much attention he received from the coaching staff.

Today, Jeff Borzello published an interview where Chris Walker plans to become the #1 2013 recruit this summer (and hopefully get that elusive UK offer).  Check out this quote from Chris:

“I think I will be number one by the end of this summer,” Walker said. “I’m going to play harder than everybody on the court. I’m going to go out with a blast. After this last AAU season, Chris Walker is going to be a household name.”

Chris is, without a doubt, an amazing athlete and talented basketball player.  According to Scout’s latest rankings, Walker is ranked #6, with Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, the Harrison twins, and Aaron Gordon ranked above him (all of whom are being heavily recruited by UK and, I think, have offers).  Walker averaged 32 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and three assists this past season, and he will be a force for his Florida Rams AAU team.

Check out with Walker had to say on the schools on his list:

Kentucky: “How [John] Calipari puts people into the pros.”

Kansas: “The pick and roll scenario.”

Baylor: “How coach [Scott} Drew lets his players play one-on-one.”

Ohio State: “How the post gets ball first.”

Syracuse: “The zone.”

Florida: “How me and coach [Billy] Donovan’s relationship is.”

Those reasonings may seem a little silly.  What recruit gives a crap about a zone?!  More importantly, Kentucky is the ONLY team on his list to not offer yet.  You may be wondering why that is.  I think it’s a combination of a few things.

First, UK really wants Julius Randle, the #2 overall recruit who happens to play the same position as Walker.  Can he and Chris play together?  Probably Would they want to? That’s a tough question.  If getting Walker means losing out on Randle, I think the UK staff would rather hold off and see how things play out.

Secondly, Chris is an ‘interesting’ character.  His recruitment list has be erratic and it’s been almost as if he has been begging for Calipari’s attention via public interviews.  The other 2013 recruits are in no rush, but Walker seems offended that UK has yet to make him high priority.  That could explain his intense drive to be #1 this year.  After following him on twitter (a mistake, I know), his mental toughness scares me.  But he’s young, so I can’t hold twitter transgressions against him yet.

Chris Walker’s recruitment will be a very interesting one to watch evolve over the next year.  The Harrison twins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle would make for a dream  class – and if Coach Cal decided to make Walker a priority, he’d be a great addition, too.

Article written by Chris Thomas

12 Comments for Chris Walker Gunning For That #1 Spot (and UK offer)

  1. CaliUKFan
    6:08 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget Williams and the possibility of Wiggins moving to the 2013 class.

  2. Marc Magard
    6:16 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    6 days from now is going to be big for bbn.

  3. BCG
    6:17 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I want more stories on the 8th grade class.

  4. Paducah UK fan
    6:20 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Not to worry BBN, In Cal we should trust. He has done us right the past 3 years, and has a huge start to the 4th.

  5. Old Henry Man
    6:36 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Go get him Cal.
    Walker is the only player taller than 6-7 that UK is looking at

  6. Rae
    6:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Do we want this guy? He can ball, but even if he became #1, do we want someone like him? Seems odd and desperate to me.

  7. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    6:43 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    “Hey there gorgeous, times two” – Cal on his in home visit with the Harrison twins

  8. Tony Trocha
    6:50 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’tCal looking at me for 2013

  9. Wise Sagraves
    6:51 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think it is odd that he is so desperate to come here.
    This is where he wants to be.
    He might be a bit of a “character” though.
    I sense a bit of an over zealous ego in him more than anything else.

    6:52 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    best recruiting update i have seen in a long while. Thanks

  11. catben
    9:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I remember Cal stating after his 1st year here that he put up with things that year that he would “never” put up with again. After seeing Cal shy away from players that are all about themselves, I doubt Mr. Walker gets an offer unless he becomes a team 1st player.

  12. the Big Dog
    10:01 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hard to turn down a player of this quality on the chance you might get someone else. Randle still lists all the big names. On the other hand, if Cal is convinced he doesn’t fit on a personal level, then it may be better to pass. This year’s UK team showed how important it is to have players with the right work ethic and attitudes toward each other.