When A.J. Walton goes church on Wednesday night, he will have a lot to be thankful for. The 6-foot, 175-pound Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas made his college decision on Tuesday night.
Walton made the call to Baylor and verbally committed to the Bears shortly after spending some time in the church and getting it ready for Wednesday's services.
"I felt like it was the right time for me to call coach [Scott] Drew," Walton, a Rivals150 prospect, said. "Me and my dad sat down and looked at all of the rosters and liked what Baylor has and what they have coming in. They had the best opportunity for me to come in and play right away as a freshman."
Walton joins Cory Jefferson in the 2009 recruiting class for Baylor. He also strongly considered Arkansas, Kentucky and Marquette.
"When we looked at the other programs, they had seniors and juniors. I'm not saying that I want to be the man right away but Baylor had the best opportunity to play the most the earliest," he said.
Walton closed out his summer period strong with a great showing at the AAU Nationals against fellow nationally ranked point guard Eric Bledsoe. The Bears were on hand for the match-up and have been hot after Walton for quite some time. He said that the longevity in the recruiting process was a factor in his decision.
"That helped out a lot," Walton said. "I got to know coach Drew and all of the staff really well. I went down there a couple of years ago for their camp and they weren't even really recruiting me but they made me feel like a Bear from the moment that they met me. That meant a lot."