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A year ago, Kyree Walker was just your average middle schooler with a not-so-average ability to posterize defenders, dunking before he’d even hit puberty.
Hoops mixtapes label him as one of the sickest up-and-coming talents in the country. The scary part? He’s only a freshman.
The likes of Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Leon Powe, Aaron Gordon and Ivan Rabb were some of the top high school basketball players in the country during their Bay Area prep days.
Walker is on his way to being the next in that line of greats.
The 6-foot-6 wing earned early recognition on the grassroots circuit and turned heads last summer as an outgoing eighth grader playing up multiple levels with high school seniors on the Oakland Soldiers AAU team.
It’s the high school arena where he’s becoming a national prospect. His 21.3 points (12th best among all ninth graders nationally), 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game helped Hayward’s Moreau Catholic reach the state championship.
Walker may be good now, but it’s his potential greatness that has many hoops aficionados paying close watch.