The top girls basketball player in next year’s senior class has found her college home.
Centennial forward Eboni Walker announced her commitment to Arizona State via Instagram on Wednesday. She is ranked as the No. 50 player in the nation by ESPN, and the top player in Nevada.
Walker’s commitment is nonbinding and ASU coaches cannot comment on her until she signs her letter of intent.
“Just the atmosphere that they have, as far as the coaches and how they play and the players’ relationships with the coaches just all put everything together,” Walker said. “I knew where I wanted to be.”
Walker repeatedly stressed the importance of the atmosphere in Tempe, as well as the mechanical engineering program ASU provides. She added it didn’t hurt that the Sun Devils have won at least one NCAA tournament game each of the last five seasons.
Last year the 5-foot, 11-inch Walker helped Centennial win its fourth consecutive state championship with 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ overtime victory in the state title game.
She was named to the All-State First Team along with teammates Justice Ethridge and Melanie Isbell.
“I can’t get too excited because it is still early and I have to focus on my high school season, still gotta plan on winning a championship,” Walker said. “I’ve been at a top high school program, I gotta keep working to be in the top college program.
“I know it’s going to be more work and a little bit tougher, but I’m willing to put in all that to be the best.”