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PG C.J. Walker (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by brodybuck21, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  2. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    What he’s done: Walker began his career at Florida State, playing 12.5 minutes per game off the bench as a freshman before entering the starting lineup to play 23.2 minutes per game as a sophomore. He then opted to transfer to Ohio State, where he sat out the 2018-19 season. Last year, he averaged 8.7 points and 3.5 assists in 29 minutes per game as the Buckeyes’ starting point guard. Down the stretch with Carton away from the team, Walker found his groove, scoring at least 11 points in the final six games while also improving his assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Next season’s outlook: As the only true point guard on the roster, Walker will enter next season as the team’s most indispensable player. Given how rarely he sat out after Carton's departure last season, he should set a career high in minutes in 2020-21. A returning captain and someone Holtmann has constantly referred to as a future coach, Walker will run the show as a fifth-year senior. For the Buckeyes to reach their ceiling, they’ll need him to continue his strong late-season play into his final year at Ohio State.

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  4. ScriptOhio

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    By declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft, Walker's able to get feedback from professional teams about what he needs to improve as he prepares for his final year of college basketball. It's a common practice that has only increased in popularity in recent years. Last year, 175 college players entered their names into the 2019 NBA Draft, per 247Sports, with many – including Wesson – opting to eventually pull themselves out of consideration and remain in school.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Although listed as the shortest player on the roster, CJ Walker’s leadership and play will have a heightened impact on Ohio State’s success throughout the 2020-21 season.

    The redshirt senior guard hit his stride in the final stretch of games in the 2019-20 season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 assists over the last six games. Along with improved play and a bump in minutes following the absence of former Ohio State guard DJ Carton, head coach Chris Holtmann said the Florida State transfer has been a valued leader for the team.

    “He’s a terrific kid. He is an exceptional leader,” Holtmann said Friday in a Zoom call. “I think he really does embrace kinda how we want to do things. He’s an everyday guy.”

    The leadership aspect has taken on new life in an environment that is dominated by COVID-19 concerns, as Walker said that he hopes to be an example for his teammates in making safe choices to have a season.

    “That sacrifice is really big, just being disciplined and knowing that my season matters, our season as a team matters,” Walker said Friday in a Zoom call. “I want to play, so I’m going to sacrifice everything to be able to play, and I just want to give that example to my teammates as well so we can have a season.”

    As far as welcoming a new roster, Walker is not concerned with the team chemistry and his role as point guard for the team.

    “I feel like me being a vocal leader just makes it that much easier, so I’m not too worried about chemistry and things like that,” Walker said. “I feel like I’ll be able to take care of that — me being a leader and just us being basketball players.”
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