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Walker talks recruiting, his own Fab Five

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Every bit as gregarious as he is talented, Chris Walker has cemented himself as one of the nation's top players.
Tuesday night, he and his Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County teammates will be in the thick of playoff action as they face off with Malone (Fla.) High.
While he's focused on the game and advancing, the 6-foot-9 junior took some time to talk about his season, his recruitment, Twitter and his personal "Fab Five" players in 2013 he would recruit.
A five-star prospect who ranks in the top 10 nationally, Walker feels that he's had his best season yet.
"I think I've had an incredible year this year," Walker told Rivals.com. "It's been my best year in high school so far."
Averaging in the neighborhood of 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks per game, he's been a dominant force on both ends of the floor.
"I've run the floor hard, I'm getting a lot of blocks," Walker said. "I'm facing up, I'm scoring, I'm running the floor and getting a lot done. I'm getting double-doubles and sometimes more."
Of course, colleges have known about the Floridian for a while so it's no surprise that Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee and more have been in to see him.
After initially thinking he might commit early, Walker is taking more time and will likely wait until at least after the summer. He remains pretty open, but some schools have nudged a little bit ahead.
"If I had to say I had a top five right now," said Walker, "I would probably say Florida, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas and then probably either North Carolina or Baylor."
Walker has also made sure that he is enjoying the recruiting process. He likes to have fun with social media and has enjoyed interacting with recruitniks on Twitter.
"I just like to have fun and joke around with people," Walker said. "I like to see what they have to say, make them happy and just have a lot of fun with it."
Looking ahead, Walker ultimately has his eyes on the level after college so preparation for a potential pro career will factor into his decision. He'll be looking for a place that he can make an impact and coaches have told him that they can see him as a one- or two-and-done player if he continues to work.
Finally, Walker took a hand at authoring this week's Fab Five. Excluding himself, here's who Walker came up with when asked to break down the top guys in his class at each position.
Point guard- "Nate Britt is really nice and of course you got Kasey Hill here in Florida. You can't go wrong with those guys. I'm going to have to go with Andrew Harrison. He's 6-foot-4, he can shoot, he knows how to pass, he knows how to score and he's athletic."
Shooting guard- "I'm going to put Troy Williams at the two. Troy is a great player and a hard worker. And he has good defense so I'm with him at the two.
Small forward- "I go with Jabari Parker at the small forward. He's humble, that's the first thing I think of when I think about him. He plays hard, he doesn't talk any kind of smack or noise out there. He's an all-around player. He can shoot and he plays like Carmelo and Paul Pierce. He's really good at everything."
Power forward- "I have to go with Julius Randle. He's a beast. He does it all, he's just a beast, man. He plays like Zach Randolph with a little more bounce. He plays like Terrence Jones a little bit too. He likes to play outside and inside and can put the ball on the floor."
Center- "It's too bad that Nerlens Noel had to leave us for 2012. I might have go with Aaron Gordon even though he's a power forward. I would actually move Julius over to center and play small. Aaron, he's very athletic, he plays very hard and he's got that motor. He just gets it done."
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