Meet five-star junior prospect Jarace Walker. Currently standing 6’8”, Walker is an intimidating combo forward with a versatile modern skill set. He’s physically strong, a plus-athlete and a tough finisher. In addition, he’s a proven three-level scorer, and has a good overall feel for the game on both ends. The USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp veteran attends perennial powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida. This week, Walker spent some time chatting with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman about the latest with his recruitment.
For the very first installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2022 prospect Jarace Walker, from New Freedom, Pennsylvania:
Pro Insight: What's the current breakdown of some of your offers and interests?
Jarace Walker: I have offers and interests from Michigan, UNC, Notre Dame, Maryland, Arkansas, and many others.
PI: Which programs have you heard from the most lately?
JW: Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, and UNC.
PI: What kind of role do you see yourself filling at the next level?
JW: Playmaker, scorer, defender — really pretty much whatever I can to get my team to win. I feel like that’s the main thing I need to do.
PI: What’s been the most unique recruiting pitch you've heard thus far?
JW: Just how I would have an immediate impact on the program, and how my relationship with the staff would be. Things of that nature.
PI: Did you have any dream schools growing up?
JW: No, I never had a dream school.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
JW: Jaden Bradley and I have been playing great together recently. I feel like he is a great all-around point guard: he gets his teammates involved, knows when to shoot and pass. He’s a great guy who I would definitely want to play with at the next level.
PI: What are your three main priorities when narrowing down and eventually making a final decision with your recruitment?
JW: I would say development, the coaching staff, and how they’ll get me prepared for the league, which is my ultimate goal.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
JW: I feel like it could definitely be a while because of the COVID pandemic and everything. I am not looking to push the process, or anything. I feel like once I take a couple of visits, and see what the campuses and coaches have to offer, then I will cut my list from there.
PI: If you could sum up your recruitment process up to this point in a sentence or so, what would it be?
JW: Interesting because you never really know who’s going to contact you, and see what they are going to say. It’s really just a learning experience.