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Top-50 junior EJ Walker updates his recruitment, talks development

January 23, 2024

We first began tracking EJ Walker in Erlanger, KY just months before the start of his sophomore season at Lloyd Memorial High School.

You can see the flashes, even during something as little as a light pickup game or even just shooting drills. Lengthy shooter that can stretch the floor, bring up the ball, and even lead his team's offense.

I’ve had one college coach call him a ‘hidden gem’ in the 2025 recruiting class, saying he’d be a perfect fit anywhere both on and off the floor.

A terrific student in the classroom and also in the game of basketball, Walker is always doing what he can to improve. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound multi-positional prospect, has bolstered his numbers to nearly 18.5 points per game along with 10 boards per game.

With the thick of Lloyd Memorial’s schedule approaching, they will need everything they can get from Walker and he’s ready to bring it.

As the game of basketball continues to evolve, Walker epitomizes exactly what the game is becoming. A smooth three-level scorer with a smooth touch and the ability to run the floor like a gazelle at his size is pretty spooky for opposing teams.

Touching nearly 30 scholarship offers, programs continue to make heavy pursuits and new programs try to enter the fro in Walker’s recruitment.

Walker discussed his recruitment, along with the development of his game with

Which schools would you say are the heaviest involved in your recruitment?

“Wisconsin, Purdue, WVU, and Louisville have been to some of my games, but I hear weekly or more from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Purdue, Butler, South Carolina, Cal, Minnesota, Xavier, and some others that haven’t offered yet.”

Are any new schools interested that are trying to enter the mix?

“I’ve been talking to Kansas more, just visited Tennessee, Iowa came to a game, talking to Arkansas a lot, UConn came in recently, and I talk to UCLA and Texas a bit as well.”

What is Wisconsin’s pitch and your overall thoughts on the program?

“Wisconsin has been on it heavy, and I talk to Coach Gard and Coach Chambliss almost every week. I really liked campus when I went up there, and as a program, I think they are really good a playing at their own pace and have a really good system too.”

How about Purdue? What is the vision for you and the pitch from them?

“Purdue is also on it pretty heavy. I talk to Coach Johnson a lot and Coach PJ. They have also been to a game and Coach Painter will be at a game here soon. Overall as a program, they have great offense and defense. Their vision for me is to come in and be an impactful player because most of the people in my position there will be gone or almost gone when I would get there.”

How was your Tennessee visit and what has that staff been saying to you?

“Tennessee visit was good. Great facilities and a great atmosphere at the game with the fans. I talked to Coach Clark the most and he was telling me to watch how Dalton Knecht and Josiah James play because that is where they would use me. I also talked to Coach Barnes on the visit and overall they were happy to have me there.”

How has your game developed this season?

“This season I think I’ve been able to show people a lot more of my versatility. I’ve been shooting very well from the three and also have been able to guard every position. My ball handling has also gotten way better since last year and I am way more comfortable with the ball.”

When will you begin to start trimming your list of schools?

“I’ve been thinking of dropping my Top-10 here in February or March.”

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