Class of 2015 basketball prospect Romalus Walker will take his talents to Landry-Walker High School for his senior season, the former G.W. Carver standout told The New Orleans Advocate on Friday after his game with the AAU team Louisiana Dynasty, which hosted the Summer Slam tournament at the Alario Center this weekend.
A post on the team’s website said he had “expressed interest” in transferring to last year’s 4A state champion, and he confirmed the news Friday.
Walker was Carver’s leader, averaging 26.4 points per game, including a late-season 75-point explosion against Sci Academy.
“I knew I had a lot by halftime, but I didn’t know I had that many,” Walker said about that big night. “They wouldn’t tell me how many I had.”
The performance led to a 137-33 win, the most-lopsided for Carver by far during the season, but the Rams finished 10-16 and missed the playoffs.
Walker then watched newly formed Landry-Walker and his several friends that populate the roster win the Class 4A state title in the merged school’s first year.
One of those friends is Lamar Peters, of New Orleans Elite, which plaed the game after Walker’s Dynasty game Saturday on the same court.
Almost every pass Peters made was on the money, despite never seeming to look at his target.
The opportunity to play with proven winners who also happen to be friends was too good to pass up. Walker will also the chance to fill the shoes of Tyree Griffin, The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year last season and incoming freshman at Oklahoma State.
“I just want to win a state championship,” Walker said.
The Charging Buccaneers won’t be his only new team as of late. Walker spent previous summers with Peters on the New Orleans Elite but signed on with Dynasty for recruitment purposes, he said. During the team’s 58-26 win Friday over the LA Blue Chippers, a bevy of scouts were sitting behind Dynasty’s bench.
Troy, UAB and Memphis are a few of the bigger names Walker said have shown interest, in addition to “two teams I can’t name.”
The skill that’s most attractive to colleges is likely his acceleration while handling the ball. He blew past players in the open court Friday, and while he had trouble finishing at the rim (he’s listed at a generous 5-foot-9), his path through the paint was automatic.
But Walker said it’s a bit frustrating that his speed is usually the first and only thing that recruiting websites mention, that he thinks his shooting and passing are just as good. He’s also a vocal leader at the top of the key. At the top of the stands, his play calls and requests for screens were clearly audible.
All of these assets were on display during a single sequence in the second half of Friday’s game. With the victory already in hand, Walker called for a screen on the left wing. He dribbled around and slashed inside, drawing the defense in and allowing him to kick it to the right corner, where a wide open shooter waited.
The shot was a brick, and a teammate tied up with a Blue Chipper and slammed to the ground. Walker waited for him to win it, took the pass and stepped back to the spot where the shot had just been missed.
He took the 3-pointer and sank it.