After a disappointing weekend for Cyclone fans, we have some good news on the basketball front. Steve Prohm was able to pickup his first commitment for the class of 2020 in Jaden Walker, a 3-star point guard from Georgia who was at the Cy-Hawk game last Saturday. He came away so impressed with the atmosphere in Ames, he decided to verbally commit to the Cyclones less than two days later. You can assume Coach Prohm was very excited this morning...
Cyclone Power!!!!— Steve Prohm (@CoachProhm) September 16, 2019
Jaden Walker is a 6’5” point guard that currently plays for Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is one of the fastest risers in the class of 2020. Walker turned his great play at Southeast United (on the Adidas Circuit) into offers from Iowa State, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest, though many thought he may end up as more of a mid-major player. Even though Walker is currently rated as the 288th player in the country by 247sports, I expect that number to climb by the end of this recruiting cycle.
Walker fits the mold for a Steve Prohm point guard, earning more than a few comparisons to Tyrese Haliburton, who could potentially leave for the NBA after the 2019-2020 season. His 6’5” frame allows himself to make his way into the paint and play with the “big-boys” down low, while showcasing some of the same impressive passing vision we’ve seen from Haliburton. He also has terrific athleticism that he uses to throw down some impressive dunks in transition.
His length allows him to guard multiple positions on the defensive end, allowing him to switch defensively one through three for sure, potentially four if he puts on a little muscle. Lastly, Walker has a very smooth shooting stroke, but he struggles with consistency at times. If Prohm can help develop Walker’s three point shot, they could have just found a diamond in the rough.