of Chattanooga to a national letter of intent.
Walker was Tennessee's Class AA Mr. Basketball last season, leading Brainerd
High School to a 29-7 record and the semifinals of the state tournament.
The addition of Walker reunites him with his former Brainerd teammate C.J.
Black, who will be a junior next year for the Vols.
"Harris Walker is an outstanding talent who should help our already
strong backcourt situation," Green said. "Signing the top players
in Tennessee is one of the priorities of our program, and Harris has certainly
been one of the best in our state the past two seasons. We look forward
to working with him and having him in our basketball family at the University
Walker joins Black, Brandon Wharton, Charles Hathaway, Tony Harris, Del
Baker and Vincent Yarbrough as celebrated Tennessee high school players
who decided to play at Tennessee in the past four years.
Walker, a 6-1 guard, enjoyed a stellar high school career at Brainerd,
leading the Panthers to a four-year mark of 127-20 and becoming the school's
all-time leading scorer with 1,947 points. He is also the school's all-time
leader in career assists, dishing out 680. He is one of only three players
to start all four years for Brainerd coach Robert High, who has coached
27 all-state players and won three state titles during his coaching career.
Walker is also High's first three-time All-State and All-State Tournament
player, who played in a school-record 10 state tournament games, including
two runner-up finishes.
Last season Walker averaged 22.2 points per game. Walker, who played
point guard his first three seasons before moving to off-guard as a senior,
scored a single-season school record 798 points in 1997-98 and broke former
prep All-America Malcolm Mackey's single-game school record with a 45-point
performance during a holiday tournament in Alaska. Walker finished his senior
campaign averaging 6.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 6.5 rebounds.
"I've been head coach at Brainerd for 23 years and Harris is the
best all-around player that I have ever coached, and that is saying a lot
because of some of the kids that have come through our program," High
said. "He shoots and handles the ball well and is just a complete overall
player and, based on his skills, I think he can play either the one or two-guard
Diamond Vols Drop Two at LSU
Eddy Furniss was determined not to let his teammates down on his record-setting
On the day he broke the LSU career record for hits, his ninth-inning
grand slam gave the Tigers a 15-12 win over Tennessee in a Southeastern
game Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium. It was the first grand slam in
74 career home runs for Furniss.
The nation's fifth-ranked team improved to 39-13 overall and 19-7 in
the SEC. Tennessee fell to 32-19 and 8-16. The series finale was Sunday
afternoon. Results were not available at press time.
With the game tied at 11 in the top of the ninth, Kurt Keene blasted
his 10th homer of the season to give the Vols a 12-11 lead. However, he
was outdone by Furniss in the bottom of the inning.
For the Vols, Justin Ross hit his ninth homer of the year and Jeff Pickler
hit two doubles to give him 28 on the season.
LSU defeated the Vols 4-3 on Friday in the first game of the series.
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