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Jordan Walsh, ESPN’s No. 7 basketball recruit, to play for Branson’s Link Academy

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Link Academy’s inaugural roster just got stronger.

The new basketball program announced on Twitter that five-star senior Jordan Walsh will play for the program this upcoming season.

Walsh is a 6-foot-7 small forward and is ranked as ESPN’s No. 7 player in the Class of 2022. He previously played at Southern California Academy and is from Oak Cliff, Texas.

Walsh holds offers from Kansas, Arkansas, Arizona State, Texas, Auburn, Memphis, Oklahoma, California, Creighton, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oregon, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt and others.

More: Link Academy: Meet the new Branson high school basketball power you’ve never heard of

Link Academy is a new school and basketball program on the campus of Camp Kanakuk in Branson. It has quickly become a national power without playing a single game. 

Walsh is the latest high-profile basketball player to announce their intentions of moving to Branson to play for the program. 

Omaha Biliew, the No. 2 player in the Class of 2023, is also set to play for the program. Julian Phillips, the No. 14 player in the current senior class, is also committed.

More: Link Academy: Here are the elite recruits committed to the new Branson high school program

They join the likes of other Top 100 players on Link Academy’s roster including five-star 2023 prospect Bryson Warren, four-star 2022 recruit Aidan Shaw and 2022 four-star Tarris Reed Jr.

Link Academy will play a national schedule with its sights on being invited to play in the GEICO Nationals — an end-of-season invitational tournament for the top high school basketball teams in the country.

“Link Academy” is the newest school on the “Link” campus. Link Year Prep has been a prep school and it has had a pair of basketball programs at the national and regional levels that have developed dozens of Division I players over the years.

Link Academy is a new high school to go along with the established Link Year Prep. The high school was a part of a long-term plan Donyes envisioned when he founded Link Year as a nine-month biblical gap year program.

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at [email protected] or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

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