Martez Walker, a 2013 wing player from Detroit (MI) Pershing, has committed to the Texas Longhorns. The news was first broken by T.J. Kelley from IPSBasketball.com, a Michigan-area recruiting service. Walker becomes the fourth commitment in the 2013 class, following Isaiah Taylor, Demarcus Croaker, and Kendal Yancy.
Detroit Pershing 2013 wing Martez Walker commits to Texas per his travel team @reachlegends— TJ Kelley (@scoopIPS) April 30, 2013
Walker had taken an official visit to Texas last week, at which point he received an offer from head coach Rick Barnes. Per Kelley, Texas assistant Rob Lanier initiated Walker's recruitment. The late pursuit by Texas is reminiscent of past recruitments of players like Sterling Gibbs and Demarcus Holland. Both guards were added the prior two years after roster shakeups freed scholarship availability.
The Longhorns have already lost two perimeter players prior to graduation: point guard Myck Kabongo (declared for NBA Draft) and Sheldon McClellan (transferred). In addition, there are questions about the future of sophomore guard Julien Lewis, who may still end up transferring, and Croaker, who has eligibility concerns prior to enrolling at Texas.
Walker had late interest from schools like the Providence Friars, Temple Owls, and Miami Hurricanes. He also held offers from mid-major schools like Bradley Braves and Eastern Michigan Eagles. While Walker isn't highly rated (he's not ranked in the 247 Composite, though ESPN lists him as a 3* recruit), he does possess size at 6' 5", 170 pounds, and some scoring ability. Likely, Walker will provide backup minutes at the 2 and 3, and hopefully be a plus shooter and floor spacer.
What Walker's commitment means for the future of Lewis and Croaker remains to be seen. For now, welcome the newest Longhorn hoopster to the 40 Acres.