adidas Nations: The Best of the Rest September 27, 2011 Jonathan Givony
A long, wiry jumping jack big man with a frame that should fill out, Chris Walker (#6 Scout, #8 Rivals, #5 ESPN) is the type of ultra-athletic 4/5 every team likes to have in their rotation.
Still mostly a work in progress from a skills standpoint, Walker gets most of his production in transition, crashing the offensive glass tenaciously and finishing whatever plays are created for him around the rim by teammates. His terrific wingspan, quickness and activity level allow him to get his hands on virtually every ball in and around his area, and that combined with his solid timing make him a highly effective rebounder and shot-blocker at this level.
Not showing much of a post-game and struggling badly to convert free throws, Walker's offensive polish and all-around feel for the game is still in need of refinement, which is probably not a shock considering his age. Defensively, his fundamentals are average at best, as he doesn't always get in a stance, allowing opponents to get deep position on him and thinking he'll simply be able to out-jump them when trying to challenge their shot.
At this early stage of Walker's career, it's not difficult to see what the recruiting services are so excited about considering the physical tools and upside he displays. Moving forward, it will be important for the Floridian to continue to work on improving his skill-level and basketball IQ, though, as his athleticism can only take him so far. [Read Full Article] adidas Nations Highlights and Interview: Chris Walker August 23, 2011 A video profile featuring top rated 2013 high school class big man Chris Walker from the adidas Nations Experience in Los Angeles.