Reid Walker Gains SeMo Interest
After a 5-24 season, the Southeast Missouri Redhawks are hammering the recruiting trail, pounding the pavement, in search of their future. Head Coach Rick Ray will need to fill the cabinets with OVC-caliber players.
Class of 2017 wing Reid Walker (Tampa, Florida) picked up Southeast Missouri interest this winter.
Walker is a scorer for Seffner Christian and will run with his father and multiple HS teammates on Tampa Titans AAU.
“His big goal is he wants to go Ivy League,” said Coach Walker. “His dream school would be Harvard, but that is not in the spectrum.”
Coach Walker and Princeton talked Tuesday. Both Princeton and Cornell are in the early stages, considering AAU evaluations this spring.
“Me and my wife both grew up in New Jersey,” said Coach Walker. In fact, their daughter was recruited by Princeton a bit, before she decided upon accepting a Wofford scholarship.
He has strong grades and an impressive 30 ACT, making him an attractive option for Ivy League schools.
Dartmouth and Brown both reached out, but Coach Walker believes he is merely a scout look for those programs. Originally Brown thought Walker was a senior, ready to sign this fall.
The Redhawks from Cape Girardeau and Florida-Gulf Coast represent his early D1 interest.
“FGCU has been engaging,” said Coach Walker. “I don’t think they have seen him play. I was just texting with their Coach Tom Abatemarco the other day. They hid their cards a little bit better. They haven’t said they are going to watch him.”
Beyond the OVC and Ivy League, Walker has good DII and DIII options materializing.
“A DII level Stonehill (MA) has been in consistent contact with him,” said Coach Walker. Merrimack College.”
In search of a great academic fit, Coach Walker, his wife, and Reid proactively reached out to the Northeast-10 teams.
“Merrimack has agreed to see him play this spring or summer,” said Coach Walker. “At DIII, Cal Tech has engaged him. Williams has engaged him.”
The next play for Walker is a few camps. He just returned from a PeachStateBasketball.com Camp last weekend.
“We are going to send him to the Hoop Mountain High-Academic Camp,” said Coach Walker. “It is Greg Kristof, Zero Gravity is his network.”