Before he embarks on the biggest summer of his life with Team Trae Young, JaKobe Walter has put everyone on notice.
The junior standout finished the 2021-22 regular season as the Dallas Fort-Worth area’s leading scorer according to the Dallas Morning News, averaging 24.7 points per game while leading McKinney High School to a 29-4 mark, which has them ranked third in the state according to Max Preps entering the playoffs.
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In the process, JaKobe has climbed recruiting rankings for the Class of 2023. 247Sports has him second in the state of Texas and 16th overall in his class, while ESPN has him second in Texas and 21st overall.
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The junior will have a chance to climb those rankings even more as his team begins the state playoffs on Tuesday night and the lights get brighter.
McKinney, also home to senior Alex Anamekwe, who shined for TTY last summer and ended up committing to play college ball at SMU next year, finished as the 6A District 5 runner-up after a tough seeding game loss to Denton-Guyer last week, leading them into a first round matchup with Coppell on Tuesday.