FSU Guard Transfers To Ohio State

By Jeff Rapp, April 10th, 2018

Ohio State basketball Chris Holtmann talked recently about having interest in adding a senior transfer a la Andrew Dakich last year and also finding help in the backcourt.

With Dakich and Kam Williams departed from the program, Holtmann would like to find immediate help in the backcourt for point guard C.J. Jackson as well as an heir apparent.

He may have tabbed the latter by wooing in another C.J. – Florida State transfer C.J. Walker.

Walker announced his decision on Twitter this week, posting, “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!”

The 6-1 Walker was a standout prepster in Indianapolis while Holtmann was the head coach at Butler and at one point was rated as the overall No. 113 recruit in the nation. His two years at Florida State, however, had moments of disappointment, including seeing his playing time diminish while the Seminoles were making a run to the Elite Eight.

He still managed to start 34 of 35 games and average 8.5 points and 2.4 assists last season while shooting 36 percent from three-point range, 41 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line.

Walker originally committed to Purdue before signing with FSU. He reserved the right to change his mind again after his sophomore season and announced he would transfer after averaging only 14.6 minutes and 3.8 points in his final seven games at Florida State.

He’ll have to sit out the 2018-19 season under transfer rules, then have two years to play for the Buckeyes.

Walker has some scoring pop, as he proved in a 24-point outburst vs. Rutgers last season. He made 10 of 11 free throws in that contest.

As a freshman, Walker averaged 4.9 points per game and 1.3 assists. He was named the team’s Sixth Man of the Year Award following that initial campaign.

While at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech, Walker was nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American game his senior year.