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Arizona Takes Look At Big Man

Kirk Walters, a promising 6-9 1/2, 210 pound center/power forward from South Christian H.S. in Grand Rapids, Mich., has four schools atop his list this fall.
Walters told Rivalshoops.com on Sunday night that Arizona, Marquette, Central Michigan and Western Michigan are fighting it out for his signature on a national letter of intent.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson had just left Walters' home on Sunday night, and the big man admitted that he has an unusual list of schools.
"Right now, it's still really weird to think that some of those schools are interested in me," Walters said. "Western really needs a big guy, and Central is looking at me to play with [7-0 junior center Chris] Kaman for a year and then step up when he's gone."
"I think Marquette is losing a couple of big guys, and Arizona is looking at me as someone who might be able to replace Luke Walton," Walters continued. "I think they are also a little worried that Channing Frye might leave early, too."
Thus far, Walters has hosted Western Michigan on Sept. 9, Central Michigan on the 12th and Arizona on the 15th. Marquette has yet to schedule an in-home visit, but Golden Eagles Head Coach Tom Crean was at South Christian H.S. on Friday to take another gander at Kirk.
Walters visited CMU from Sept. 5-7, and has planned trips to WMU for Sept. 21-22 and Arizona from Oct. 11-13.
His in-home visit with Arizona gave him a good reference point for his visit to the school next month.
"Since me or my family hasn't been down there, they talked a lot about the school and what it is like," Walters explained. "Since they are on TV so much, I already have an idea of what the basketball will be like."
Walters had a bit of a coming out party at the adidas Big Time Tournament in July with Norm Oden's Michigan Mustangs program. In particular, his mobility and athleticism stood out, and Arizona probably discovered him while recruiting his Mustangs' teammate Brandon Bell (since committed to Marquette).
We will keep you posted on Walters' recruitment in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!
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