"Wake Forest was the school for me for basketball and academics," Ty Walker said. "It's very good in the classroom and they have a mathematics department that I'll be majoring within when I get there. I'm real cool with the players, Tony Woods and Al-Farouq Aminu especially, but also James Johnson and Ish [Smith."] I feel like it's a close family for me. I love the environment, it is a beautiful campus, and has a nice feel."
A 7' power forward out of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, Walker was recruited by all of the in-state schools, Florida, UVa, Kentucky, and others prior to committing to and signing with Wake Forest. A 5-star prospect and a top 25 player in the class of 2008, Walker felt comfortable with Wake Forest and the staff at the University.
Walker had found a bond with Coach Prosser. The Wilmington native considered Prosser a father figure and talked with Coach Prosser about life, family, and of course basketball. On July 26th, Walker received word that Coach Prosser had passed away. Walker was shocked and mourned Prosser's death but in the weeks after Prosser's passing, he decided that there was no way he would renege on his commitment.
"Before Coach Prosser passed, he was a father figure," Walker said of his relationship with the former Demon Deacon caoch. "I felt like I couldn't back out on my commitment. That was like backing out on my father figure and I couldn't do that. I wanted to come in and lift him up and to honor his spirit. I'm going to play every game in his honor."
Fellow 2008 recruits Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods have made similar comments and remain motivated to make their mark at Wake Forest. "We talk about mainly coming in and trying to win the national championship as freshmen," Walker said. "We're coming in with one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. I think we have a chance to make some real noise in the ACC and hopefully the NCAA tournament. I think we'll have a good chance to get in and make a big difference for the program."
In an effort to prepare himself for his time at Wake Forest, Walker has tasked himself with gaining weight and improving his inside play over the past few months. "Since I've gained some weight, I've mainly been working on my post game," he noted. "I feel like that's a real positive and I'm doing well. If anyone watches, I'll be mainly a post player this year."
Walker notes that he will be in Winston-Salem over his holiday break as well, visiting the University and getting to know Wake Forest's players better.