Manhattan coach Steve Masiello sat courtside for the SNY Invitational championship game last month and had a front-row seat for Aaron Walker's tournament MVP performance.
While other Division 1 coaches were either slow to perceive Walker's winning ways -- or completely out of touch -- Masiello appreciated the talented Cardozo guard and ultimately landed a verbal pledge from him on Tuesday.
"I believe in the coach and he believes in me," the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior guard told me by phone after committing. "I asked myself, 'What am I waiting for?' I visited [last Thursday] and I loved it, and I was ready to commit that day."