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Chris Walker asks for LeBron James' help

December, 2, 2011
Chris WalkerDavid De PasChris Walker said he'd listen to LeBron James on where to go to college.
Chris Walker knows that deciding where he wants to play in college will be one of the hardest decisions he’s ever made.

Walker, a junior forward at Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.), is ranked No. 5 in the ESPNU60 and can pretty much go wherever he wants with Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Connecticut, Memphis and Syracuse all in hot pursuit.

“The whole recruiting process can be a little overwhelming at times,” Walker said. “So many great schools want me to come and play for them. It’s hard to decide.”

To make the impending decision easier, Walker took a shot in the dark and summoned the help of his favorite player LeBron James via Twitter posting: “@KingJames I’m a top 5 player in the country in class of 2013. Where should I go to college Mr. James?”

No response from James as of yet, but based off James’ rooting interests during the Ohio State-Duke game earlier this week, Walker thinks he can guess what James’ recommendation would be.

“I think he’d say I should go to Ohio State,” Walker said.

But would Walker listen?

“I probably would,” Walker said. “He’s my favorite player, and I would trust his judgment.”

Surprised? Don’t be, Walker is a die-hard LeBron James fan and watches Miami Heat games religiously. When they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals last season, Walker said he was probably more mad than the Heat because he wanted James to silence his critics.

“If LeBron hits me back and tells me where he thinks I should go, I’d do it,” Walker said. “In my opinion, he’s the best player in the league and I really look up to him. Plus, he’s the King. Gotta listen to the King, right?”

And the loyal subject awaits.

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN

Players have 'Mad' fun

October, 16, 2011
Last Friday when hundreds of teams across the country ushered in the college basketball season with Midnight Madness events, committed and potential recruits intently looked on to see just how crazy and passionate fan bases were about their teams.

We caught up with a handful of players who attended different Madness events who swear their experience was “by far” the best.

Troy Williams
Scott Kurtz/ESPNHSTroy Williams said his Midnight Madness experience at Georgetown was second to none.
Troy Williams, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), 2013: Uncommitted.
Midnight Madness event:
My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…
“Of the fans. They were dedicated, crazy and smart. I’d say the best part was the girls.”

Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2012: Uncommitted.
Midnight Madness event:
My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…
“Of the fan support. It was just so crazy. Even though Kentucky didn’t have a rapper perform at Big Blue Madness there was so much energy in the building and that made it the best.”

Nate Britt, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.), 2013: Uncommitted.
Midnight Madness event:
North Carolina
My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…
“For one, Stuart Scott (ESPN) hosted it so that was just cool right there. But the main reason I know that I had the best Midnight Madness experience was because I got to see Coach Roy Williams dance. That was so funny. I’ve got to say, Coach Williams is a really good dancer too.

I would give him an eight, but that’s because he was dancing to hip hop music. I think if he was dancing to his own music he’d get a 10 for sure. We’ve got to find a way to get him on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Chris Walker, Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.), 2013: Uncommitted.
Midnight Madness event:
My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…
“When the recruits walked in to Kansas the fans went crazy and started screaming our names. Then you had young kids and college dudes that had posters of us everywhere.

That was real cool so that’s why I had the best experience.”

Rasheed Sulaimon, Strake Jesuit (Houston), 2012: Committed to Duke.
Midnight Madness event:
My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…
“Of the fans. The atmosphere in Cameron was just so crazy. Their theme was first class and they did everything first class.

The best part was when Quinn (Cook) and Mason (Plumlee) were dancing and when Miles (Plumlee) cleared his younger brother Marshall (Plumlee) in the dunk contest. Marshall is 7-foot-1.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN

Kings of the contact period

October, 9, 2011
Last Wednesday marked the end of the NCAA’s contact period, which had been in effect since September 9. That meant hundreds of high school hoopers around the country had to sift through all of their visits from college coaches and decide who made the most lasting impressions.

We rounded up a handful of the top players in the country and had them dish on the big winners over the last month.

Coolest customers: Providence

Brannen Greene, Mary Persons (Monroe, Ga.), 2013, SG: “Coach (Ed) Cooley told me he only recruits anacondas and not garden snakes. Very cool guy.”

Best perspective: Texas Christian

Julius Randle
Kelly Kline/ESPNHSJulius Randle was impressed with TCU's "create your own legacy" perspective.
Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), 2013, F: “TCU gave me a whole different way to look at things. They told me that I could come in and change the program and begin my own legacy. That’s a different perspective than the other schools. A lot of those schools can’t present that to me. Most already have hall of fame players. So definitely TCU on perspective because who wouldn’t want to have their very own legacy.”

Most swag: Kentucky

Chris Walker, Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.), 2013, F: “The coach with the most swag… I would have to say Coach (John) Calipari and assistant Coach Orlando (Antigua). They came in and everyone was going crazy. Coach Cal is running things and he’s put a lot of players in the NBA. Plus he came in wearing a suit. That’s swag.”

Best sales pitch: Duke

Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), 2012, SF: “Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) definitely has the best sales pitch. He talks a lot about the Duke brand and what he could do for me and how he could develop me and about all of the exposure that I could get at Duke. I think the thing that makes his sales pitch so good is that he’s really speaking from the heart. That’s the best part.”

Most relatable: Louisville

Isaiah Lewis, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 2013, SG: “I just had fun getting to know the coaches at Louisville, especially Coach (Wyking) Jones. After my workout he offered me, but that was in the middle of us talking about school, football, what kind of shoes we like. He just seemed like one of the guys. I definitely felt like he was just one of my friends.”

Best gear: Georgetown

Troy Williams, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), 2013, SF: “Definitely had to be Georgetown because they wear Jordan everything. The shoes were just fresh and the sweat suits they had were cool. I told them I like to ball in Nike's, but I walk around in J's. They had on the new Melo’s (Carmelo Anthony) and they weren’t tied all the way up.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN