The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball program picked up a commitment on Sunday as former Florida State guard CJ Walker announced via Twitter that he will join Chris Holtmann’s program.
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
The Indianapolis native was originally recruited by Holtmann during his time at Butler, but after two years in Tallahassee, Walker decided to come back to the midwest after an official visit over the weekend.
The 6-foot-1 guard started 34 games during his sophomore year and averaged eight points, 2.4 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 41.2 percent from the floor during this most recent season, including 35.5 percent from behind the arc.
Walker will need to sit out the 2018-19 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining when he is able to take to the court for the Buckeyes. Though he won’t be able to suit up for OSU next season, having an experienced guard on the roster when the current crop of young players begins to come of age has been a huge point of emphasis for Holtmann this offseason.
C.J. Jackson will be the only contributing senior on Ohio State’s roster this coming campaign, and having Walker ready to replace him in the backcourt is a bonus for the Buckeyes.
Despite the commitment, Holtmann and company might not yet be done when it comes to recruiting transfers. With the exodus of nearly all of the team’s 2017-18 leadership, the Buckeyes are still hopeful to find a graduate transfer who can provide some stability beginning this fall.