Former Florida State guard C.J. Walker announced his transfer to Ohio State on Twitter Sunday. Get to know the new point guard toy Chris Holtmann will have at his disposal.
Get To Know Ohio State Basketball Transfer C.J. Walker
Well that didn’t take long.
You had a feeling the Buckeyes would be actively working the transfer pool of players, and Chris Holtmann and staff took little time in swaying former Florida State point guard C.J. Walker to come to Columbus.
The rub here is that Walker is an undergraduate, and under NCAA rules, he must sit out a year before he becomes eligible to play for Ohio State. He’ll be able to practice and take part in team drills, but you won’t see him suit up for game action until the 2019-20 season.
Still, he could be the starting point guard for two years once he’s taken out of the package. To that end, we should get to know the kid a little bit, so we’ll do our best to fill you in.
For starters, it’s important to note that Walker was a four-star recruit out of Indianapolis during the 2016 recruiting cycle. He was the 113th rated recruit and 24th at his position according to 247Sports.
He’s a true point guard by trade at 6-1, 195 lbs. but can get into the lane and score a little when asked to. He’ll keep defenses honest that want to sag off and stop him from penetrating by pulling up for the occasional jumper, but he doesn’t set the nylon ablaze from deep — shooting just 35.5% from beyond the arc.
Walker got modest playing time as a freshman in Tallahassee, logging an average of 12.5 minutes, chipping in with 4.9 points and 1.3 assists per game on average.
He was asked to do more last year, and his game developed his sophomore season. His per game averages went up across the board. Early on in November and December, it looked like Walker would be one of the main scoring threats for the Semioles, but his minutes slowly decreased at the tale-end of the ACC season and beyond.
Walker ended up averaging 8.0 points and 2.4 assists per game on 23.2 minutes. He also averaged 1.7 turnovers per contest. He still started all but one game for Florida State this past season, but made an announcement to transfer after the loss to Michigan in the Elite Eight.
Walker was a Holtmann target at Butler and originally committed to Purdue, only to change his mind and end up at Florida State. Now he’ll get an opportunity to prove himself in the Big Ten at a place that sorely needs a true point guard after C. J. Jackson graduates in 2018-19.
And the good news for Walker is that OSU will likely ask him to score more from the point guard position than the system he played in at Florida State.
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