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Top-50 sophomore EJ Walker discusses recruitment, game

January 5, 2023

I’ve made multiple trips down to Erlanger, Kentucky over the last few months to monitor the progress of an enticing 2024 prospect, EJ Walker.

Walker, a 6-foot-8 forward, is a player I’ve been covering for the majority of his high school career so far, and man, he has all the tools to be a special prospect. Ball handling, defense, versatility, and my favorite, he’s a long shooter and has one of the most fluid shots I’ve seen in this sophomore class.

During his freshman year, Walker was a vital part of a team that ultimately went 22-8 before a disappointing playoff loss, ending both Walker’s freshman year and the Juggernaut's pursuit of a championship. He looks to change that this year.

So far, he’s shown that despite being a sophomore, he plays a vital role on his squad. Walker has started his season averaging a near double-double [15.5 points, 9.5 boards] per game. As a sophomore, also playing with a talented senior in NKU signee Jeramiah Israel, Walker has proven that despite being one of the youngest on the floor, his impact is immense.

As for his recruitment, he’s landed several high-major offers and has taken several visits. I fully expect more buzz and schools to enter the mix. We covered his recruitment ahead of his practice this afternoon.

Walker’s conversation with

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Purdue, Indiana, WVU, Minnesota, Dayton, Virginia, Xavier, Cincinnati.”

Are any new schools in the mix?

“No new schools really, but Cincinnati turned up the heat.”

Indiana, thoughts on them?

“Very cool atmosphere, great fan base, they’ve got great energy and an incredible coaching staff. I think their style of play fits me.”

How about a school like Minnesota?

“I have gotten to talk to the coaches and I’m really enjoying that. I haven’t gotten the chance to get up to see them at home, but I did see them against Purdue. They run a great system. I am looking forward to a visit in the spring or the summer.”

Breakdown your game.

“Versatility is still a key part of my game. My role on my high school team changed this year. I have to be more of a scorer, it’s new for me but I think the adjustment is going well. I improved my three-ball this off-season and it’s showing.”

How has your sophomore campaign been going so far?

“Season is going well. I am playing well but continuing to watch my film and see the opportunities I can adjust to take my game to the next level.”

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