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M.J. WALKER

#23
(Updated July 2017)
position
Guard
height
6-5
weight
205
year
Freshman
hometown
Jonesboro, Ga.
high school
Jonesboro

M.J. Waker Bio

“M.J. Walker is an athletic 6’5” two-way wing, who is an explosive scorer at all three levels. When he does penetrate or operate in transition, he’s easily able to finish through contact and is an excellent free throw shooter. He’s got good size for a shooting guard and a college-ready body. Walker has a high basketball IQ and is a very effective passer for a wing. Defensively, he tries to impose his relatively strong physique on his man. He has active hands, which he uses to generate steals in the passing lanes. Walker is very good for a wing at controlling the defensive glass,” said Andrew Slater of 247sports.

2017 McDonald’s All-American who averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior at Jonesboro (Ga.) high school…the 12th McDonald’s All-American to sign with Florida State and the fifth (Walker, Dwayne Bacon (2015), Michael Snaer (2009), Chris Singleton (2008) and Von Wafer (2003) to sign with Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff… ranked as the No. 8 prep prospect by ESPN.com…the No. 1 ranked shooting guard as a high school senior in 2017…the nation’s 22nd best prep player according to 247Sports.com…ranked as the No. 28 overall player and the No. 4 shooting guard in the class of 2017 by ScoutHoops…one of the most coveted shooting guards in America as a prep senior…possesses the ability to pull up and shoot and creates his own shot with ease…plays under control and is very fluid in his movements…competed in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game, the Nike Hoops Summit and the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic following his senior season at Jonesboro…a featured player as a member of the winning West squad at the McDonald’s All-American  game where he totaled  four rebounds and four assists…presented with the Jack Daly Sportsmanship Award – given to the player who exhibits the best sportsmanship during the week of the McDonald’s All-Star game…a member of the 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit where he scored two points and added one assist in helping the U.S. Select team to a 98-87 victory at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon…helped the United States win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship during the Summer of 2016…the event was played in Valdivia, Chile…his decision to attend Florida State moved the Seminoles’ recruiting class into the nation’s top-12 and into the ACC’s top-four according to Rivals.com…participated in the Steph Curry SC30 Select Camp prior to his junior season…credits Curry with helping him understand the game better…his athleticism helped him earn football scholarship offers from Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan…was an outstanding dual threat athlete as a free safety and as a wide receiver…earned football scholarship offers despite finishing his football career following his sophomore season.

AS A FRESHMAN (2018):

Named to the Jerry West Award watch list as one of the top-20 shooting guards in the nation by the Naismith Hall of Fame (Oct. 17)…totaled 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 18 minutes in his career-debut against George Washington in the Seminoles’ season-opener (Nov. 14)…named to the Jamaica Classic All-Tournament Team…a career-high 22 points on a career-high 5 made 3-point shots in Florida State’s championship-clinching 90-73 victory over Colorado State in the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 19)…totaled 11 points in 20 minutes of playing time in Florida State’s victory over Kennesaw State (Nov. 22)…

At Jonesboro

Graduated from Jonesboro High School in 2017…named the 6A Player of the Year in the State of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as he averaged 27.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior…led Jonesboro to a 23-6 overall record as a senior…named to the USA Today All-USA Second-Team in 2016…led Jonesboro to its first-ever state championship as a freshman and as a sophomore…led Jonesboro back to the state championship game as a junior…scored a junior season-high 39 points against Bishop Gorman in leading Jonesboro to the state championship title game for the third consecutive season…averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a junior…named the Player of the Year as a sophomore by the Clayton Daily News in leading Jonesboro to the Class 4A State Championship for the second consecutive season…averaged 17.3 pints as a sophomore…scored 30 points in Jonesboro’s state championship semifinal win over Liberty County and scored 22 points in the Cardinals’ state title-clinching win over Carrollton…a former member of the Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour AAU circuit…showcased his ability in Indianapolis prior to his senior season as he scored 31 points against New Heights and totaled 26 against the Earl Watson elite…attended the same high school as former Florida State star Toney Douglas who earned All-ACC First Team Honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Personal

Born March 28, 1998…M.J. is the son of Jackie and James Walker…Jackie was a starter at Hampton from 1985-88 …the Pirates had earned a record of 119-13 during her career, capped by a 33-1 national championship winning team in 1988…James played at Norfolk State from 1986-89 where he led the Spartans to a 101-22 record and twice reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II Tournament…a sister, Amoni, plays basketball at Miles College in Alabama….lists LeBron James as his favorite athlete…selected Florida State over Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and NC State.