Last season the Ohio State Buckeyes welcomed graduate transfer Andrew Dakich to the team in a decision that ultimately paid off. Dakich’s experience and leadership was critical to Ohio State’s resurgence as a basketball program.
Now once again head coach Chris Holtmann has worked his magic on the transfer market by convincing CJ Walker to commit to Ohio State.
My family and I have came to a great decision! With that being said I would like to say I have committed to The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/9RLrlfECy6
— Cj Walker (@Cj_Walker1) April 8, 2018
Unfortunately Walker will have to sit out the 2018-19 season because of transfer rules, but is primed to be the replacement to C.J. Jackson once his eligibility is up.
Although undersized at 6-foot-1 Walker was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school before committing to Florida State.
Last season Walker averaged 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Florida State. He shot an efficient 35.5 percent from three despite not being the focal point of the offense.
The sophomore guard managed to start 34 games on a team that managed to make it all the way to the Elite Eight. Walker was fourth in scoring for the Seminoles behind Phil Cofer, Terance Mann and Braian Angola.
However, although Walker started and played 23.2 minutes per game last season he was not used enough in the offense. Walker only averaged 6.5 field goal attempts last season and never took more than 13 shots in a game all year.
His best game last season coincidentally came against a Big Ten opponent when Florida State played at Rutgers. In the game Walker scored 24 points, had three assists and recorded four steals.
Walker’s commitment is a great sign for Holtmann as he continues to infuse the Ohio State roster with talented players.
In fact the last time the Buckeyes received a transfer from the ACC was when center Trevor Thompson left Virginia Tech for the Buckeyes.
Given a year to learn Holtmann’s system Walker could be a steal for the Buckeyes considering his experience and talent.