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Basketball Recruiting

Five-star sophomore Ja'Kobe Walter talks his recruitment

January 4, 2021

Texas has made its case for having one of the strongest basketball areas in the nation. As for the future classes coming through Texas, the state’s 2022 and 2023 classes are screaming of potential. The 2023 class has one of its headliners in McKinney (TX) native Ja’Kobe Walter.

Your prototypical (currently) 6-foot-5 guard, Walter oozes potential and it starts with his offensive prowess. He could score at all three levels and read a defense really well. His length at the guard position is also scary from an opposing team's perspective. Walter is still growing and already has a large wingspan for a guard.

His recruitment at this stage for a 2023 prospect is quite impressive. He’s already landed several key regional offers and is now landing interest from several out-of-state programs. One program discussed is Alabama, where Walter was born. 

Walter broke down his recruitment, even though it’s early, with

Which programs have extended you a scholarship offer?

“Alabama, Texas A&M, SMU, Memphis, Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU are my offers.”

How about newer programs?

“Lately Texas and Michigan have been involved, I talked to them both twice. Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Minnesota are also interested.”

Thoughts on Texas’ program? What would it be like to play for UT?

“Texas is the state where I grew up in and where my family stays now, so I’m not into the staying close to home thing (laughs) but I do want my family to come to watch me play live it is very intriguing.”

How about another regional program like SMU?

“SMU is also close to home and Coach King is a cool dude and we have a pretty good relationship.”

You were born in Alabama, what are your thoughts on the Crimson Tide?

“Alabama is where I was born and the majority of my family all stay in Alabama so I still consider it home.”

Breakdown the scouting report on Ja’Kobe Walter.

“I say my game is smooth and I don’t get flustered when new things are thrown at me. I try to stay calm and make the right plays while still serving buckets. I also play defense and take charges.”

Goals for this season? Both personal and/or team goals?

“Goal for the season is to flat out play better than I did last year all around the board. Make it past the second round cause that’s when we lost last year in the playoffs, but the end goal is a state title of course.”

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