TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – CJ Walker, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Florida State for head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff in November, has been named one of three finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award in the tradition-rich state of Indiana. The award is presented by the Indianapolis Star and sponsored by the Indiana Pacers. The winner will be announced April 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Walker (6-0, 185) averaged 24.5 points, 6.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals in leading Arsenal Tech to the City of Indianapolis tournament title and into the state tournament.
“Being named as a finalist for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball Award is an honor, a dream come true and proof that hard work pays off,” said Walker. “I want to thank my teammates for believing in me and my coaches who gave me the opportunity at Tech. On and off the court, they pushed me to be the best I could be. I want to also thank my family for always being in my corner. I couldn’t ask for a better support system.”
Walker led Arsenal Tech to an 18-6 record and an appearance in the Class 4A state tournament as a senior.
“As a program, we have been blessed to have been led by CJ,” Arsenal Tech head coach Jason Delaney said. “The Mr. Basketball Award is the highest individual honor a boy’s basketball player can earn in the state of Indiana. The list of past winners represents its tradition alone. CJ has had a legendary career at Arsenal Tech and will be remembered as one of our all-time greats.”
Walker led the Titans to the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore and averaged 23.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals as a junior.
“Being named a finalist for the Mr. Basketball Award in the state of Indiana is a very prestigious honor for CJ,” his father, Clarence Walker, said. “Not many people get this opportunity.”