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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Muskegon hoop squad should sizzle in ’19 with addition of Mona Shores transfer Walker

By: Scott Burnstein, September 17, 2018, 4:58 pm

Jarvis Walker, one of the top junior boys basketball players on the west side of the state, has made the move from Muskegon Mona Shores to Muskegon. The news was first reported by The D Zone over the weekend.

Walker is a smooth and athletic 6-foot-2 combo guard. He fired in 22 points per game for Mona Shores as a sophomore and currently sports offers from Grand Valley State, Northwood and defending Division II national champion Ferris State.

Muskegon went 20-4 in 2018, losing to Holland West Ottawa in an overtime thriller in the Class A regional finals. Walker will join a Big Red backcourt anchored by standout incoming seniors Eonte Tornes and DeAndre Carter.

In addition to the prep school transfers endured by the MHSAA hoop ranks this offseason, there continued to be a steady stream of traditional transfers — as has been the trend the last decade — evidenced by Walker’s departure to the higher-profile Muskegon program and many more in Metro Detroit.

Mr. Basketball candidates Mark “Rocket” Watts (Old Redford), Myron Gardner (Detroit Loyola) and Harlond Beverly (Southfield Christian) all left for prep school recently. Isaiah Jackson (Old Redford), formerly the No. 1 junior in the state, relocated as well. So did Wendell Green (Birmingham Detroit Country Day). Watts, Gardner and Jackson are enrolled at Spire Academy in Ohio. Beverly is down in Florida at Montverde Academy and Green will play at La Lumiere in Indiana this winter.

Some of the notable in-state transfers besides Walker, include Caleb Hunter leaving Southfield Christian for Detroit UD-Jesuit, Tariq Sheppard and Jayshawn Moore transferring from Detroit East English Village to Farmington and Ferndale, respectively, Novi’s Jiovanni Miles landing at Detroit Renaissance, Holly’s Noah Baylis going to Flint Powers, and Birmingham Brother Rice adding Zach Maynard from Rochester Adams and Mikkos Stewart from Birmingham Detroit Country Day.