Like any junior, Langston Morris-Walker was looking forward to stepping up and taking his game to a new level. But, this year the Berkeley (Calif.) High star was playing for more.
During Morris-Walker's sophomore year, the 6-foot-5 wing and his teammates essentially played for nothing. The actions of Berkeley's 2009 graduating class had earned them a post-season ban in 2010. So, 2010-11 was a chance for a new start.
"I think I had a pretty good year," Morris-Walker told Rivals.com. "As a junior as the captain of my team and playing through all the hardships from previous years I think we did well. Sophomore year we played hard but we couldn't really play for anything."
Although Morris-Walker and his teammates bowed out in the second round of the playoffs, his junior year was definitely an improvement. The athletic wing definitely came up big on an individual level averaging a little over 24 points and seven rebounds a game.
"Other than my leadership skills I feel that the best thing i do is get to the rim," said Morris-Walker. "I score and I play on the defensive end."
His actions have already drawn the eye of most of the Pac 10, Kansas saw him play, as did Boston College and Marquette while Rex Walters' San Francisco squad was the first to step up with an offer.
A three-star prospect who already ranks #127 overall in the 2012 Rivals150, Morris-Walker wants to continue to improve.
"I'm working on my shooting and ball handling," said Morris-Walker. "Basically just shooting off the dribble. I have a consistent set jumper, but I need to get better off the dribble."
This summer, Morris-Walker will roll with an Oakland Soldiers group that will be among the most talented teams on the West Coast. He's hoping to build off of his solid junior year and get a feel for where his game stands now and what he needs to work on for his senior year.
"Most of all I just want to work on my overall game," said Morris-Walker of his summer plans. "I don't want to enter my senior year the same player I am now. I'd like to get my name out there and be able to compare myself to some of the top players from around the country and see where I am and what I need to work on."