Pennsylvania guard Brian Walsh has as many offers as he does points per game and the 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior combo guard from Moon High School in Corapolis, Pa., is quietly becoming a coveted player.
According to his head coach Jeff Ackermann, the three-star prospect is developing a game that is very attractive to college coaches. Walsh, who is averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists a game for Moon (19-3), is the go-to guy for Ackermann.
"When the game is on the line, I wouldn't be very smart if I didn't have the ball in his hands. I'm going to lose with the ball in my best player's hands. Luckily, we haven't lost too many games when Brian has the ball," Ackermann said.
"One thing with Brian is that is he's so unselfish. He's almost too unselfish. I have to get on him for not taking enough shots. He looks to pass when he should be scoring but he's becoming more consistent with that. He's beating guys off the dribble, hitting jump shots, and because his size is so much bigger than most guards in our area, he's rebounding the ball a lot better, too."
Ackermann said Maryland, Xavier and St. Joseph's have been the most aggressive to date. With over 15 offers in hand, Walsh is obviously a player that a number of teams want to give the ball to.
"(Xavier head coach) Sean Miller drove to practice a couple of times. He comes here whenever he gets a chance. (Maryland assistant) Chuck Driesell and (St. Joseph's) Phil Martelli have been out to the games. It's been steady."
Walsh has unofficially visited all three schools, with a trip to Maryland being the most recent. While in College Park, the Terps tried to land a commitment from Walsh, Ackermann said.
"They tried to push for one and asked him if he was ready to choose a school," Ackermann said. "But (Walsh) decided to wait even though they are one of his favorites. I hear him talking about how he likes their style of play and the conference they play in. But he didn't commit. There has to be a reason."