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CJ WALKER

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CJ WALKER'S CAREER HIGHS:

PTS: 24 vs. Rutgers (11-28-17)
REBS: 6 at Louisville (2-3-18)
ASTS: 7 at Virginia Tech (1-20-18)
STL: 4 at Rutgers (11-28-17)

HONORS

2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll

ON WALKER

Announced his intentions to transfer from Florida State on March 27, 2018…chose to continue his collegiate career at Ohio State on April 8, 2018 and will begin his career as a Buckeye beginning with the 2019-20 season…he begins his career at Ohio State with two years of eligibility remaining after playing two seasons at Florida State (2017 and 2018)…concluded his academic career fully academically eligible to compete as a Division I student-athlete…a member of two NCAA Tournament teams who played in 68 games as a Seminole…started 34 career games – all of his starts as a Seminole came during the 2017-18 season…helped Florida State to an overall 49-21 record (70 percent winning percentage) and a 21-15 record (.583 winning percentage) in ACC play…Florida State was 4-2 in two NCAA Tournament appearances during his two-year career with wins over Florida Gulf Coast (March 16, 2017; 86-80) and over Missouri (March 16, 2018; 67-54), Xavier (March 18, 2018; 75-70) and Gonzaga (March 22, 2018; 75-60) before the Seminoles fell to Michigan (March 24, 2018; 58-54) just shy of the second Final Four appearance in school history…helped the Seminoles into the national rankings in both of his seasons at Florida State…the Seminoles were ranked as high as high as No. 6 during his freshman season and tied for 16th in the final Associated Press poll of the 2016-17 season…Florida State was ranked as high as No. 19 during his sophomore season and finished his sophomore season tied for 18th nationally as ranked by the Associated Press…Florida State defeated 13 nationally ranked teams in his two seasons in the Seminoles’ lineup – seven during his freshman season (2016-17) and six more during his sophomore season (2017-18)…a heralded member of Florida State’s self–proclaimed Boom Squad that gained national recognition as one of the top bench bunches in all of college basketball…the Boom Squad was the popular nickname for the Seminoles’ players who brought high energy off of the bench and combined to score nearly 40 percent of Florida State’s points during the 2016-17 season…the Boom Squad moniker began during the team scoring report for Florida State’s game against Florida…scored in double figures three times as a freshman including 13 points vs. Illinois (Nov. 25) and in ACC play against Wake Forest (Dec. 28)…a top-three finalist for the Mr. Basketball Award as a senior in the tradition-rich state of Indiana…an All-State First-Team selection by the USA Today Newspaper in 2016…named the Player of the Year in 2016 by the Indianapolis Coaches Association…ranked as the 82nd best overall prep player, the 14th best point guard and earned a four-star rating by ESPN.com in 2016…also a four-star recruit by Scout.com…a left-hander who is a very consistent player in all aspects of his game…very effective when penetrating the defense…a 2016 Indiana All-Star by the Indianapolis Star Newspaper…totaled 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds for the Maroon Squad at the Kentucky Derby Festival All-Star Classic in a game played at Freedom Hall in Louisville…totaled zero turnovers in 25 minutes of play in the Derby Festival game…was nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American game as a senior…a member of the Indiana Boys All-Star team which faced a team of All-Stars from the state of Kentucky in June of 2016…earned the Sixth Man of the Year Award as a member of the Boom Squad at the 2017 Florida State Basketball Honors Banquet…earned the Seminoles’ Mr. Hustle Award for the 2018 season at Florida State’s annual Honors Banquet…named to the 2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll…because of his academic success as a freshman, the Seminoles were named one of the Academic Teams of Excellence by the NABC for the 2016-17 season.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)

Averaged a career-high 8.0 points (fourth on the team), a career-high 2.4 assists (third), a career-high 2.5 rebounds (eighth) and a career-high 1.0 steal (third) as he started 34 of Florida State’s 35 games in helping the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993…the Seminoles’ starting point guard in all 17 non-conference games and 17 ACC games as Florida State finished with a 23-12 overall record and a 9-9 mark in conference play…Florida State finished in a tie for eighth place in the ACC standings…a starter from the onset of the season as he started the first 28 games of his sophomore season…missed his first start in Florida State’s game at Clemson (Feb. 28) and started the final six games of the season including one in the ACC Tournament and four in the NCAA Tournament…nearly doubled his scoring average as a sophomore (8.0 ppg) as compared to his freshman season (4.9 ppg) as he scored in double figures in a career-high 11 games as compared to only three as a freshman…double figure scoring came in six ACC games including his ACC career-high of 19 points in the Seminoles’ game at Boston College (Jan. 15)…he had totaled double figure scoring in only one ACC game as a freshman…scored his career-high 24 points on a career-high 10 of 11 free throws made, three assists and a career-high four steals in Florida State’s victory at Rutgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 28)…scored seven points and pulled down a career-high five rebounds as a first-time starter in Florida State’s season-opening victory over George Washington (Nov. 14)…totaled 11 points, two rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s 90-73 victory over Colorado State in the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 19)…was his 3-point shot at the end of the victory over the Rams that gave the Seminoles the 13-point advantage thus giving Florida State the two-point margin of victory advantage over Tulane to give the Seminoles the tournament championship…totaled 12 points and three assists in Florida State’s 98-79 win over Kennesaw State in Tallahassee (Nov. 22)…totaled 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in Florida State’s victory over No. 5 Florida in Gainesville (Dec. 4)…scored 15 points, pulled down three rebounds, added six assists and three steals in Florida State’s victory over Loyola (Dec. 6)…scored 18 points on a career-high tying four 3-point field goals made in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina (Jan. 3)…scored 19 points and totaled six assists against only one turnover in 31 minutes of play at Boston College (Jan. 15)…totaled 11 points, a career-high seven assists and five rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (Jan. 20)…totaled 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in Florida State’s victory over Miami (Jan. 27)…scored 10 points, pulled down a career-high six rebounds and earned one steal in Florida State’s win over Louisville (Feb. 3)…team-leading 16 points, three rebounds and two assists against Notre Dame on the road (Feb. 10)…totaled nine points on three made 3-point field goals in Florida State’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 victory over Gonzaga at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 18)…improved his free throw shooting percentage by nearly eight percentage points as a sophomore as he finished as one of only four Seminole players to shoot better than 70 percent from the free throw line for the season…made his career-high of 10 free throws on a career-high 11 free throw attempts in scoring his career-high of 24 points in Florida State’s victory over Rutgers in the ACC / Big 10 Challenge…made five free throws in the Seminoles’ victory over Colorado State in the championship game of the Jamaica Classic and five in the Seminoles’ double overtime victory over Syracuse in Tallahassee…the two most important free throws of his Florida State career came with six seconds remaining in Florida State’s 75-70 victory over Xavier to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (March 18)…was a perfect two of two from the free throw line with six seconds remaining to give Florida State an insurmountable 75-70 lead…the Seminoles won the game by that five-point margin…earned multiple steals in nine different games including the Seminoles’ victory over Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament and in Florida State’s victory over Syracuse at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 13).

AS A FRESHMAN (2017)

Averaged 4.9 points (tied for seventh on the team), 1.3 assists (fifth) and 1.4 rebounds (11th) as he played in 33 of the Seminoles’ 35 games in his first season at Florida State…played in all 18 of Florida State’s regular season conference games, both of their games in the ACC Tournament and two games in the NCAA Tournament…scored in double figures in three games including tying his season-high of 13 points in the first ACC game of his career against Wake Forest (Dec. 28)…also scored 13 points against Illinois in the Seminoles’ final game of the NIT Tip-Off Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and totaled 11 in Florida State’s victory over George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C (Dec. 4)…in averaging 12.5 minutes played per game, he played in double figure minutes in 24 of his 33 appearances including his career-high of 25 minutes in the Seminoles’ 72-61 win over Illinois at the Barclays Center in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off…was the first time in his career that he played 25 or more minutes in a game…enjoyed one of the best games of his career against the Fighting Illini with 13 points (on five of eight shooting from the field) to go along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal…was also a perfect two of two from the 3-point line…his five made field goals established his career high…totaled eight first half points and five in the second half as Florida State pulled away in the second half for the victory…scored six first half points on consecutive 3-point shots within 53 seconds of each other…his first (at the 12:52 mark) pulled Florida State to within 11-10 while his second (at the 11:59 mark) tied the game at 13-13…scored what proved to be the game-winning basket and added a free throw after he was fouled with under 10 minutes remaining to be played in the game…made a lay-up and the free throw after being fouled at the 9:52 mark to give the Seminoles a 47-44 lead…Florida State never trailed after that basket…played very well during Florida State’s incredible early ACC season run that saw the Seminoles win five of six consecutive games against nationally ranked teams…the Seminoles played and defeated No. 11 Virginia (60-68, Dec. 31), No. 21 Virginia Tech (93-78, Jan, 7), No. 7 Duke (88-72, Jan, 10), No. 15 Notre Dame (83-80, Jan. 15) and No. 12 Louisville (Jan. 21) in one of the greatest six-game spans in school and ACC history…the Seminoles’ 5-1 record in the six-game stretch is the best by an ACC team in league history against six consecutive nationally ranked teams…averaged 4.7 points and 12.3 minutes played per game during the incredible stretch…career-high tying and ACC career-high of 13 points came in the Seminoles’ first ACC win of the season over Wake Forest at the Donald. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Dec. 28)…was four of eight from the field (.500 percent) and made his career-high of three 3-point shots in the come from behind win for the Seminoles…Florida State trailed by eight in the first half before outscoring the Demon Deacons by a 49-32 margin the second half to win the game…six first half points helped the Seminoles pull within 40-39 going into the locker room while seven in the second half helped Florida State pull away to gain the win in their first conference game of the season…back-to-back 3-point shots in just over a minute late in the first helped the Seminoles climb out of a hole to lead by one at the intermission…first shot from long range came at the 11:08 mark and gave Florida State a 21-19 lead while his second at the 10:05 mark put the Seminoles up 24-22…of his seven second half points, five came in a one minute span of the second half…a jumper tied the game at 47-47 at the 15:20 mark while a third 3-point shot at the 14:21 mark put the Seminoles ahead 50-47…added two of two free throws at the 10:28 mark to begin a 30-14 game-winning and game–ending run…second-highest ACC total of points (nine) came in wins over No. 11 Notre Dame (Jan. 18) and Boston College (Feb. 20)…totaled eight points and three rebounds in his first return home to the state of Indiana to face Notre Dame (Feb. 11) and scored eight points and was credited with a season-high six assists in the Seminoles’ 109-61 win over Clemson at home (Feb. 8)…scored nine points in 12 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ win over Detroit Mercy (Nov. 20)…scored nine points, made five free throws and was credited with one rebound, one assist and one steal in Florida State’s victory over the Titans at home…also scored points in bunches with seven in six minutes of playing time against Temple in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 24)…scored nine points on four of six shooting from the field in Florida State’s win over Southern Miss (Dec. 6) and recorded seven points against No. 21 Virginia Tech as he helped the Seminoles to a 93-78 win over the Hokies as Florida State improved to 15-1 and 3-0 in ACC play…among Florida State’s leaders with a 1.3 assists per game average…season-high six assists came in Florida State’s 109-61 victory over Clemson (Feb. 5)…marked one of four times he earned four or more assists in a game as a freshman…six assists against Clemson, five in a win over Southern Mississippi (Dec. 6), four in a win over Nicholls State (Dec. 8) and four in a win over Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn (March 8)…with 20 steals, he was one of six Seminoles with 20 or more steals during the season…career-high three steals came in Florida State’s 67-48 win over George Washington…his ACC season-high of two steals came at Syracuse (Jan. 28)…multiple steals came three times as a freshman with three coming against George Washington and two each coming against Nicholls State (Dec. 8) and Syracuse…at least one steal in 16 different games…on fire from the free throw line to begin the season…made 14 of his first 18 shots from the free throw line (.778 percent) in the first four games of the season…was a perfect two of two with four points in his career debut against Charleston Southern (Nov. 12) and made six of his first seven free throws in the first two games of his career (.857 percent)…made a season-high five of six shots from the free throw line (.833 percent) in scoring nine points in Florida State’s victory over Detroit Mercy…two blocked shots with one each coming in Florida State’s games at North Carolina (Jan. 14) and Xavier in the NCAA Tournament (March 18).

AT ARSENAL TECH

Graduated from Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2016…named one of three finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award in the basketball-rich state of Indiana as a senior…the 2016 Indianapolis Player of the Year as a senior…team captain as a senior…averaged 18.3 points per game during his four-year career as a member of the varsity at Arsenal Tech…totaled 1,394 career points and averaged 18.3 points per game for his career…the Player of the Year in the city of Indianapolis and an All-City First-Team selection by the city’s coaches in 2016…led Arsenal Tech to the 4A State Championship title as a sophomore…averaged 24.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 steals as a senior…led Arsenal to an 18-6 record and into the 4A state tournament as a senior…led Arsenal to the City of Indianapolis tournament title for the second time in three years in 2016…earned All-City First Team Honors…the preseason and postseason Player of the Year in the City of Indianapolis as a senior…scored his career-high of 53 points in Arsenal Tech’s victory over Indiana power Pike High on Feb. 6, 2016…voted Arsenal’s Most Valuable Player in back-to-back seasons (2015 and 2016) by the coaching staff…averaged 24 points, 3.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals his junior season… led Arsenal Tech to the state championship averaged 10 points, six assists, and two rebounds to finish third nationally by USA Today his sophomore year…surpassed the coveted 1,000 point mark as a junior during the state tournament…played on the Speice Indy Heat AAU Team…a teammate of former Kentucky star and current Utah Jazz guard Trey Lyles at Arsenal.

PERSONAL

Born March 24, 1997…CJ is the son of Brandi Winston and Clarence Walker…has one brother, Jalen who played high school football…born in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Indianapolis at the age of three…played at the same high school as Trey Lyles of Kentucky who was the first round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2015…the second left-handed point guard to play basketball at Florida State following Jerry Cox who played for Hugh Durham as a Seminole…Cox played in 21 games as a Seminole in 1978, 1979 and 1980…selected Florida State over Wichita State, Michigan, Purdue, Butler, Illinois, Pitt, Xavier and Missouri…initially committed to Purdue but re-opened his recruitment during his senior season.