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M.J. Walker, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Jonesboro (Ga.) High School, committed to Florida State on Wednesday.
Ranked No. 25 by ESPN.com,Walker also considered UCLA, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Georgia Tech.
Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman told ZAGSBLOG he expects Walker to sign scholarship papers. The deadline for signing a National Letter of Intent was May 17.
“He has all the ability and work ethic to be a first-round draft pick some day,” Maehlman said. “[Florida State] is very fortunate.”
Jones averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior.
“He can play anywhere – the one, two or the three,” Maehlman previously told 247Sports.com. “He has worked on every aspect of his game, including his ball handling and his defense. Everybody knows he can score.
“He first came to us as a ninth grader. He came in at 6-5. He wasn’t as bulky as he is now. He can penetrate, he can pull up and he can finish at the rim. He can dunk on you and he can also step out to 24 or 26 feet. He can hit NBA-range threes. He’s not just a spot shooter.
“He did all of this through his hard work.”
Walker’s commitment leaves Brian Bowen and Tremont Waters as the top remaining uncommitted players in 2017.
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.
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