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Tide host basketball visitor

2/25/2012

The Alabama football team hosted a large group of prospects for the Crimson Tide’s junior day on Feb. 18, but it was the UA basketball team that hosted the lone official visitor of the weekend, DeVon Walker.

Walker, a 6-foot-6, 188-pound wing player from Winter Haven, Fla., made the trip to Tuscaloosa and watched as Alabama defeated Tennessee, 62-50, in Coleman Coliseum.

“The visit went really well,” Walker said. “I enjoyed it. The atmosphere, the fans are die-hard fans at Alabama. I love the players I was with. I love the coaching staff. All in all, it was just a great visit.

“The game was great because earlier on ESPN, Hubert Davis was talking about how much they needed to win, and it was just what they needed to get them back on track after all that happened with the player suspensions and everything. It was just a great momentum builder.”

Walker has narrowed his list to four schools: Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Kansas State. He may take a few more visits before making a final decision. The late signing period for college basketball begins on April 11.

For now, the ESPN.com three-star is focused on leading Winter Haven High School to a state championship.

“The season is going great,” Walker said. “It’s been a topsy-turvy year. Last year, we only had like five wins, and this year, we’re playing for the regional final. It’s pretty great.

“I think I expanded a lot as a player. Usually, great scorers and great players get a lot of quantity of shots, but now I’m understanding more about the quality of shots and just being efficient offensively.”

Winter Haven plays Palmetto on Saturday in the regional final where the winner will earn a trip to state.