CJ Walker Will Go from Oft-Forgotten Transfer to Integral Part of Ohio State Next Season

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I can't wait to see what the offense looks like with Walker and Carton.  We finally don't have to watch a shooting guard fumbling balls away.

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ibuck's picture

during the 2017-18 season, [CJ Walker] averaged eight points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range.

After working on his game for a year, I'm hoping that CJ can average 10+ points per game, with assists and shooting percentages the same or better in 2019-20. He can lead both vocally and with his performance.

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Sanantonefan's picture

He is going to be a great addition to the team. The future is bright!!!

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analyticalguy's picture

Whether or not he starts, Walker should offer some stability at the point which will be important, especially since the guy he'll be sharing time with will be a freshman.

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BuckWylde's picture

Having a PG that's hungry, has Elite 8 tourney experience and leadership traits, will be a big improvement over last season's "make do" backcourt situation. I think it will also benefit Carton to be able to grow organically rather than bear the weight of day-1-starter expectations and besides, having competition from an upperclassman will test DJ's character and quickly show if he's a team player or just another ballyhooed "Diva" type of kid. One of last season's glaring weaknesses (PG) should become a strength going forward. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Honestly, I had completely forgotten about Walker. His experience will be huge in helping Carton assimilate to the college game. The Buckeye basketball program just continues to excite me more and more.

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nomatta's picture

I don't think we are going to see a ton of CJ and DJ together next season, partly because that'd be a very small backcourt for the high-major level but mostly because I think Luther and Duane are going to progress enough to dominate the SG minutes. That said, we might see it in certain situations where Holtmann wants to maximize ballhandling and quickness. When it does happen, I would expect DJ to run the point on offense and CJ to be off-guard because CJ is a much better off-ball shooter than DJ, so let DJ use his explosion and facilitation to drive and kick to CJ and the other guys. But then on defense I would expect DJ to get the man assignment of the other team's 2G while CJ defends the PG since DJ has a 6'6 wingspan while CJ's is closer to his height (6'0-ish).

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Tulsinator's picture

The roster is starting to take shape where they can discuss matchups like you mentioned. The depth appears to be there if guys like Washington, Ahrens, and Mohammed further develop. Considering Kaleb Wesson stays we can really start to better matchup with the different styles of the B1G. Penn St was such a bad matchup for us in 2017 because we didn't have a backcourt to compete with them. This year the frontcourt was so thin in the post.

Really excited to see if this team can gel because they could easily make a run next year.

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IronPastor's picture

Great Analysis...I think this roster (assuming the returners make strides forward and the young guys come in ready to play) affords us the ability to adapt to any team we play.  If we need to go Big..we have Kaleb, Kyle, Alonzo, and EJ...along with Diallo.  If we need to go small, we have CJ, DJ, Duane, Lu, Dre, Moose and Ahrens that can all contribute.  I think this year might be pretty exciting...but we won't know more until the whole crew is on campus in June.

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IronPastor's picture

I am excited for CJ to don the Scarlet and Gray.  I am thinking he will be the Day 1 starter for the Basketbucks and will see significant minutes.  I would expect CJ, Lu, Dre, Kyle and Kaleb to start....DJ, Duane, Musa/Ahrens, Liddell and Alonzo to get minutes too.  I don't think Holtmann was kidding when he said he wanted to be able to go 9-10 deep in the rotation.  I doubt we see a ton of CJ and DJ on the floor together unless Holtmann decides to go small, where we would see CJ, DJ, Lu/Duane, Dre/Ahrens/Liddell, and Young at the 5...but I think having rested ball handlers that can facilitate and attack for 40 minutes will greatly improve our team.

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buckeyedownunder's picture

Holtmann will finally have a balanced roster with all the pieces next season.  What they accomplished this year with no true point guards, inconsistent 3 point shooting and no rim protection was impressive.  It is going to be a lot of fun watching this team develop next season. Holtman will not have to use smoke and mirrors to overcome holes in the roster.  I like that this kid is described as a bulldog.  Sounds like a perfect fit for Holtmann and this team.

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LPCBuckeye's picture

Since the pg position is so critical to a team's success and we will go from not having a real pg to having 2 pgs. That alone will make us a better team.  The other additions just further improve a team that seems to be shaping up into the kind of team this staff wants them to be.  This season will be fun to watch.  

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buckslan's picture

I'm thankful for CJ Jackson but I'm glad we are finally going to have more natural point guards in the backcourt. I'm excited to see what the ball movement is going to be on the offense, and whether guys will have more open shots or not.

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wigmon's picture

The most used play in the college game is the screen and roll or pick and pop.  We did not have anyone on the team that was very good at running this play.  I expect walker and carton to be able to execute in those situations better.

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Mantis's picture

Can't shoot any worse than the other CJ...

(This is where I would put the "/s" if I was actually being sarcastic)

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bsk33's picture

CJ Jackson's last two seasons at osu: 42% FGP, 38% 3FGP and 41% FGP, 37% 3FGP

CJ Walker's two seasons at fsu: 40% FGP and 30% 3FGP and 41% FGP and 36% 3FGP

Walker is a more natural ball handler and a little quicker than Jackson. But I don't know why we need to disparage CJ Jackson on this thread. The kid played his butt off for the Buckeyes despite playing out of position. He also played on a very dysfunctional team (1st year) and a super inexperienced team (3rd year).

As evidenced by the numbers, I kind of doubt Walker will be a much better shooter, quite possibly not as good as Jackson, in his two seasons as a Buckeye. But if he plays with a similar effort, I will be happy.

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nomatta's picture

"Can't shoot any worse than the other CJ."

Tell that to the rest of our team. Because they did.

Walker's shooting percentages and A:TO at FSU were worse than Jackson's. Walker is a more natural ballhandler and is a bit quicker, but we are going to miss some of what Jackson and Woods gave us when they were playing well.

Maybe we can get a better baseline consistency from Walker than what FSU got and what we got from Jackson and Woods. But I don't think we are looking at some massive upgrade in our guard play just because we add Walker and Carton. I think Luther and Duane progressing will be just as important for us to have better guard play overall next season.

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Trebor40's picture

CJ Walker is a tremendous piece to the puzzle. One who adds versatility and plays aggressive defense! We can expect two wonderful seasons where the type of attack that put us out of the tournament this year would not be NEARLY as effective against the quickness and tenacity we will have next! 

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