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September 28, 2013
Santa Maria (Calif.) is home to one of the best small junior forwards in the state. Cameron Walker has more than a dozen scholarship offers but right now, nine schools are spending more time than most recruiting the four-star prospect.
"Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, San Jose State, Fresno State, USC, Harvard and San Diego State are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now," Walker said. "They're staying in contact with me and my family on a regular basis."
That amount of attention will help those schools down the line when it's time for Walker to sign a letter of intent.
"Yeah definitely because if they're paying attention to me now I get the impression that they will when I'm attending their college," he said.
Walker has been trying to pay each of those schools back by visiting their campuses. He's made four trips so far.
"I've been to Cal, Stanford, USC, San Jose State and Fresno State," Walker said. "I haven't been to Harvard or Arizona State but I've been to most of those California schools."
His most recent visit was to Fresno State to watch a big football game.
"I was the Fresno-State Boise State game on Friday (September 20)," he said. "One of the assistant coaches came to my practice the previous week and he was wondering if I wanted to go to the game. So I went and I brought one of my friends with me. It was really fun.
"I've been there once before but this time I learned about the construction that's going on. They're building a mall, a movie theater and a hotel. It's supposed to be completed by December of next year. I also learned about their facilities and their team with guys like Paul Watson."
The Bulldogs should feel confident about their chances of getting Walker.
"I like them a lot. Coach (Rodney) Terry is a great guy and I like all the assistant coaches too, they come off as really good guys."
Even with scholarship offers from a handful of Pac-12 schools and a prestigious basketball school like Florida, Walker is still evaluating the smaller conference schools.
"Not really I wouldn't mind playing in a small conference."
As for other potential unofficial visits, Walker doesn't have any other ones set nor does he have an idea of which school would get the next one. He does have an idea of schools he hasn't seen that he wants to.
"I want to check out Harvard just because it's so far away and I hear good things about them," he said. "Another one is Vanderbilt because it's far away but I've heard that they have a great campus and nice people there. Those are two campus that I really want to check out. I feel the same about Arizona State."
When he visits all the schools that he wants to, he'll make his decision. Don't expect his choice for another year.
"Hopefully towards the end of the summer of my junior year, maybe in August of next year, I'll have it down to a list of about ten. Somewhere between around October I'll get it down to five and then I'll decide around November."
That decision will come down to four or five different factors.
"There are some important factors to me like how much I'm going to play my freshman year and academics," he said. "I want to have challenging classes in a good major. I always look at life after basketball. Hopefully my grades can lead me to a career choice. Another factor is how I feel about the coaches and other players and the relationships I build with them. I need to know that we all trust each other 100 percent. I also want to get a feeling about the campus when I socialize with my teammates and stuff like that."
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