Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOGSUWANEE, Ga.– MJ Walker is something special.
The starting shooting guard for the ATL Xpress 17U on the Under Armour circuit as a freshman, Walker has shown that he can play with the best of the best.
“I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Walker told SNY.tv. “If you can make stops, most of the time you will win. But that is what I take pride in.”
Listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Walker has the frame of a grown man, and has accomplished something in one year of high school that most seniors dream about, a state championship. Leading Jonesboro (Ga.) to a state title, Walker averaged 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists a contest.
“Looking forward to my sophomore year, I really want another State Championship,” Walker said. “I just want to become a better player than I was last year, and put as much work as possible to do so.”
A first team Max Preps All-American, Walker is a freak athlete who has a serious amount of strength, and could be compared with another top combo guard, SMU-bound McDonald’s All American Emmanuel Mudiay. He plays hard on both sides of the ball, possesses a very long first step, and has an uncanny ability to finish at the bucket.
“I didn’t really expect to be an All-American this year to be honest,” Walker said. “It was really an honorable moment, shows that the work paid off. I definitely want to be an All-American again, that is what I am shooting for.”
Walker has been offered by Auburn, and says that Ohio State has shown significant interest.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.