Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Prep basketball: Palmetto up against one of nation's best Saturday

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Palmetto's fate in Saturday's Class 6A-Region 3 final may hinge on its ability to stop Winter Haven's DeVon Walker.

Walker is a 6-foot-8, 187-pound shooting guard averaging 24 points and 10. 5 points per game for the Blue Devils (20-7), who head to Palmetto on Saturday.

Rivals rated Walker 149th in its list of the country's top 150 players for the class of 2012 and ranked him as the class' 33rd-best shooting guard.

He has 12 scholarship offers, according to Rivals, from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida and USF. Walker is shooting 37 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line.

The winner of Saturday's game meets either Naples Baron Collier or Miami Norland on Friday, March 2 in a state semifinal at The Lakeland Center.

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