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'Looks favorable' for Martez Walker to be on Oakland's team

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Oakland University's basketball season ended Tuesday night, with a loss to Eastern Illinois in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

Now, the focus turns to next season.

And a big decision is looming.

OU coach Greg Kampe is expected to decide soon if Texas transfer Martez Walker will be on the team.

Walker was charged with misdemeanor domestic-assault in September while attending the University of Texas, leading to his exit from the program. Kampe invited the former Detroit Pershing guard to come to Oakland, but with no benefits or even a guarantee of a roster spot — simply an opportunity to redeem himself.

Walker came to OU in January, and has paid his own way for classes while participating on OU's scout team.

Kampe said Wednesday that no final decision has been made on Walker's future, but right now "it looks favorable for him."

Walker played in 33 games as a freshman at Texas, coming off the bench to average 4.7 points. He averaged 20.4 points and seven rebounds his senior season at Pershing, which went 25-1 and advanced to the Class A quarterfinals.

If he earns his way into Kampe's good graces, OU could have itself a really special team next year.

Already, Iowa State transfers Percy Gibson and Sherron Dorsey-Walker, both Detroit natives, will be eligible to play in 2015-16 after sitting out this past season, per NCAA regulations. Impact players from this year, including Kahlil Felder, Jalen Hayes and Tommie McCune, are expected back as well.

Oakland, which finished 16-17 including a disappointing early exit as the No. 3 seed in the Horizon League tournament, will graduate Corey Petros and Dante Williams.

Oakland hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since going back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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