On April 8, Florida State guard C.J. Walker announced he would transfer to Ohio State. That transfer is now official, the school announced Monday afternoon.
Walker will have to sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be immediately eligible for the 2019-2020 season.
“We are excited about the addition of C.J. Walker to our program,” Chris Holtmann said in a press release. “C.J. is a strong, competitive, experienced guard who has competed at a high level in high school and college. As we continue to build our roster, C.J. adds the ability and experience at the guard position we were looking for. We really look forward to working with him in his redshirt year in preparation for the 2019-20 season of play.”
Walker gives Ohio State a veteran presence in the locker room and figures to be the heir apparent to C.J. Jackson at point guard. As a sophomore for Florida State last season, Walker started 34 of 35 games and helped lead the Seminoles to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23 minutes per contest in 2017-18.
He will have two years of eligibility remaining once he takes the floor and is set to join a roster that will also include high school prospect Alonzo Gaffney, who is rated as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio in the 2019 cycle.
An Indianapolis native, Walker was initially recruited by Holtmann to Butler before ultimately signing with Florida State.