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Thursday, April 25, 2013
SG Walker enjoys official visit to Texas

By Max Olson

The departure of two transfers and Myck Kabongo’s decision to go pro have freed up two scholarships for Texas’ 2013-14 basketball team. The search is on for unsigned recruits with the potential to contribute immediately, and Detroit Pershing's Martez Walker could be one of them.

The three-star shooting guard took an official visit Sunday through Tuesday to Texas and came away pleased with what the Longhorns had to offer.

“It was great. I saw a lot of stuff I wasn’t expecting,” Walker said. “The coaches were great. They’d be a lot of fun to play with.”

Walker already had a scholarship offer going into the visit and said Texas is in his top four along with Temple, Providence and Oakland. He’s just not ready to say where they stand on that list.

“It was a good trip,” he said. “It wasn’t nothing, just a regular trip. Getting that offer was just like another one. It adds to my list, but I was excited to see it.”

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound prospect is the nation’s 33rd-ranked shooting guard and is No. 7 among prospects in the state of Michigan. In addition to UT, Walker has already visited Temple. He could take an official visit to Providence this weekend and mentioned that checking out UCF is also be a possibility.

Texas freshman forward Ioannis Papapetrou was Walker’s primary host during his time in Austin, and Walker said the highlight of the visit was getting to throw down a dunk during a pickup game in the Longhorns’ practice gym.

The loss of Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan has left Texas without its top two scorers from last season, and Walker said he’s confident he could make an impact as a freshman if he does end up choosing the Longhorns.

“Their coaches like my competitiveness, the way I play and they like how I shoot,” he said. “They said come in and work and I’ll get my minutes. I believe I could get some good minutes there. I know I can get some there.”

Texas has already signed three guards for its 2013 class in Kendal Yancy-Harris, Demarcus Croaker and Isaiah Taylor. Yancy-Harris, an ESPN 100 prospect, and Taylor are being brought in to play point guard.

The deadline for basketball’s final signing period is May 15, but Walker said he isn’t feeling hurried to make a decision.

“I’ll decide sometime after these visits,” he said. “I’m just going to see some stuff first. There ain’t no pressure. It’s been a long process, I can really say that."