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M.J. WALKER

#23
(Updated June 2019)
position
Guard
height
6-5
weight
213
year
Junior
hometown
Riverdale, Ga.
high school
Jonesboro

M.J. WALKER'S CAREER HIGHS

PTS: 24 at Virginia Tech (1-20-18)
REBS: 6 at Virginia Tech (1-20-18), vs. Murray State (3-23-19)
ASTS: 5 vs. Duke (1-12-19), at Miami (1-27-19)
STL: 3 vs. Michigan (3-24-18), vs. LSU (11-23-18)

HONORS

2017 Jamaica Classic All-Tournament Team

ON WALKER

The next superstar in the ACC who has demonstrated through his first two seasons as a Seminole the ability and desire to be one of the top players in school and conference history…has played in two NCAA Tournaments and seven NCAA Tournament games in his first two seasons as a Seminole…has played in seven career NCAA Tournament games in leading the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament…led Florida State to a 29-8 overall record and a 13-3 record in the ACC during his sophomore season…the Seminoles’ 29 overall victories ranks as a program record for victories in a single season while their 13 conference wins also ranks as a record for wins in a conference season…with its two wins in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles tied the school record for overall ACC wins in single season with 15…entered his junior season having scored 20 points or more four times – his career-high of 24 at Virginia Tech as a freshman (Jan. 20, 2018), 22 against Colorado State as a freshman (Nov. 19, 2017), 22 at Miami as a sophomore (Jan. 27, 2019) and 21 against LSU as a sophomore (Nov. 23, 2018)…has led Florida State to 52 wins (29 as a sophomore and 23 as a freshman) in his first two seasons in Tallahassee…has helped the Seminoles defeat 12 nationally ranked teams – six as a freshman and six as a sophomore…has helped lead the Seminoles into the national rankings in each of his first two seasons…Florida State was ranked as high as No. 6 during his freshman season and as high as No. 9 during his sophomore season…helped the No. 9 seeded Seminoles to victories over No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 2018, 67-54), No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 2018, 75-70) and No. 4 Gonzaga (March 22, 2018, 75-60)…the Seminoles’ three wins in the 2018 NCAA Tournament marked the third time in school history that Florida State had won three games in a single NCAA Tournament…also marked the first time in school history the Seminoles had defeated three higher seeded teams in the same NCAA Tournament…the Seminoles’ victory over the No. 1 seeded Musketeers was the first in school history over a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament…Florida State won the championship of the Inaugural Jamaica Classic and Walker was named to the All-Tournament Team as he scored 22 points in the championship game of the tournament against Colorado State in the first tournament of his collegiate career…a 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…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…earned the Seminoles’ Newcomer of the Year Award at Florida State’s Annual Awards Banquet in 2018…earned a special team J.U.I.C.E award (Just Us In Combat Every Day) at the Seminoles’ Honors Banquet in 2019.

AS A JUNIOR (2020)

A team captain as named by Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff…totaled 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in Florida State’s 63-51 victory over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville…finished five of six from the free throw line in the win over the Gators on the road…Walker is now 3-0 against Florida in the first three seasons of his career as a Seminole (Nov. 10)…a team-high tying 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s win over Western Carolina…totaled 17 of his 18 points in the second half as Florida State rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Catamounts (Nov. 15)…scored 10 points, pulled down 5 rebounds and earned 2 assists in Florida State’s victory over No. 16 Tennessee in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic (Nov. 29)…scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds against Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on the road (Dec. 3)…

AS A SOPHOMORE (2019)

Averaged a career-high 7.5 points (fourth on the team), a career-high 2.2 rebounds (seventh), a career-high 1.6 assists (fourth) and a career-high 0.8 steals (second) while making a career-high 44 3-point shots (second)…shot a career-high .759 from the free throw line and made a career-high 49 free throws…established career-highs for games started (34), field goals made (85), field goals attempted (250), 3-pount field goals made (44), 3-point field goals attempted (134), free throws made (49), free throws attempted (63), free throw shooting percentage (.778), offensive rebounds (14), defensive rebounds (64), total rebounds (78), rebounds per game (2.2), assists (56), blocked shots (six), steals (29), points scores (263) and average points scored per game (7.5) as a sophomore member of the starting lineup…helped lead the Seminoles to a 29-8 overall record, a 13-3 mark in the ACC, to a fourth place finish in the ACC standings, Florida State’s appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship for the third time in school history and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season…led Florida State to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in his career and for the third consecutive season…as the No. 4 seed in the West Region, helped Florida State beat No. 14 seeded Vermont (March 21, 2019, 76-69) and No. 12 seeded Murray State (March 23, 2019, 90-62) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season…the Seminoles lost to No. 1 seeded Gonzaga (March 28, 72-58) in the round of 16…helped the Seminoles advance to the championship game of the 2019 ACC Tournament for the third time in school history…the Seminoles defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech in overtime in the quarterfinals (March 14, 2019, 65-63) and No. 2 and National Champion Virginia (March 15, 2019, 79-69) to advance to the title game where the Seminoles fell to Duke (March 16, 2019, 73-63)…the Seminoles won a school record eight consecutive ACC games from Jan. 22 (against Clemson) through Feb. 19 (at Clemson)…the Seminoles improved from 1-4 in ACC play to 9-4 in ACC during the winning streak…third on the team with two 20+ point scoring games – 22 at Miami (Jan.27) and 21 against LSU (Nov. 23) – both victories for the Seminoles…established his career-high with six 3-point field goals made in scoring his season-high of 22 points in Florida State’s 68-62 win at Miami (Jan. 27)…his six 3-point field goals made against the Hurricanes are tied for the sixth highest number of 3-point shots made in an ACC game by a Seminole player…totaled five 3-point shots made in Florida State’s 79-76 overtime win over LSU (Nov. 23) in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational…scored 21 points as the Seminoles defeated the Tigers to advance to the championship finals of the AdvoCare Invitational…played his career-high of 42 minutes in the Seminoles’ overtime win over LSU…led the Seminoles in scoring in three different games – 22 at Miami, 21 against LSU and 13 in the Seminoles’ 73-72 victory over Purdue in the ACC / Big 10 Challenge (Nov. 28)…scored 10 points and added two rebounds in the Seminoles’ 81-60 season-opening win over Florida in Tallahassee (Nov. 6)…made two of four shots from the 3-point line in Florida State’s victory over the Gators…double figure scoring with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Florida State’s 93-61 win over Canisius in Tallahassee (Nov. 19)…a game-high and team-leading 21 points with five rebounds and a career-high tying three steals in Florida State’s 79-76 overtime win over LSU (Nov 23)…made five 3-point field goals in the win over the Tigers…a 3-pointer in overtime against the Tigers and gave Florida State a 73-68 lead early in the overtime period as the Seminoles outscored LSU, 11-8, in the extra session…scored a team-high 13 points with two rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes in Florida State’s come-from-behind 73-72 win over Purdue in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee…totaled 14 points and two made 3-point shots to go along with two assists and two steals in Florida State’s 83-67 win over Troy in Tallahassee (Dec. 3)…in double figure scoring with 12 points, two blocked shots, two rebounds and one assist at Boston College (Jan. 20)…totaled a season-high 22 points on a career-high 6 made 3-point shots and a career-high five assists in Florida State’s 78-66 win over Miami in Coral Gables (Jan, 27)…totaled 11 points, two rebounds and two assists in Florida State’s victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome (Feb. 5)…totaled 11 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes played in Florida State’s 80-75 overtime victory over No. 16 Louisville at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 9)…added nine points and totaled two assists in Florida State’s 69-47 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta (Feb. 16)…scored nine points and added two assists in 29 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ victory at Clemson (Feb. 19)…totaled nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist in Florida State’s victory over Notre Dame in Tallahassee (Feb. 25)…scored 15 points to go along with two rebounds and one assist in Florida State’s 78-73 win over NC State in Tallahassee (March 2)…double figures with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech on Senior Night in Tallahassee (March 5)…scored nine points and added one assist in Florida State’s 69-59 win over No. 2 Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte (March 15)…tied his career-high with six rebounds while adding three assists and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Murray State in the NCAA Tournament…the victory sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season (March 23)…totaled seven points, four rebounds, and two steals in Florida State’s game against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (March 28).

AS A FRESHMAN (2018)

Averaged 7.0 points (seventh on the team), 1.7 rebounds (ninth) and 1.1 assists (fifth) while making 41 3-point shots (fourth) and shooting .345 from the 3-point line (sixth)…shot .754 from the free throw line and made 43 free throws – he was one of 12 freshmen in the ACC who earned substantial playing time who shot better than 75 percent from the free throw line during the 2017-18 season…ranked 17th among freshmen in the ACC in scoring…named to the Jamaica Classic All-Tournament team as he averaged 11.0 points and scored 22 points in the Seminoles’ championship clinching win over Colorado State…made his career-high of five 3-point shots in scoring his 22 points against the Rams…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…Florida State was ranked throughout the season and as high as No. 6 nationally during his freshman season…helped lead Florida State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1993 season…the Seminoles were selected as the No. 9 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament and defeated No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 67-54), No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 75-70) and No. 4 seed Gonzaga (March 22, 75-60) before falling to No. 3 seed Michigan (March 24, 58-54) only one win from playing in the second Final Four in school history…on the court as Florida State defeated six nationally ranked teams with victories at No. 5 Florida (Dec. 4, 83-66), at home against No. 11 North Carolina (Jan. 3, 81-80), in Tallahassee against No. 24 Miami (Jan. 27, 101-90 in overtime), No. 11 Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 14, 81-79 in overtime), No. 3 Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (March 18, 67-54) and No. 8 Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 22, 75-60)…his 41 3-point field goals made rank as the fourth highest total by a freshman in school history…his 119 3-point field goals attempted are the fifth highest total by a freshman in school history…began the season and his career as hot as any player in the nation as he made 11 of 19 3-points shots (.579 percent) and averaged 11.0 points per game in his first four games of the season…multiple 3-point shots in 10 of his 35 games including a career-high five in wins over Colorado State (22 points) in the Jamaica Classic and at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center against Southern Miss (Dec. 21, 15 points)…four made 3-point shots came in wins over Loyola (Md.) (Dec. 6, 14 points) and his ACC career-high of four in the Seminoles’ road win at Virginia Tech (Jan. 20, career-high 24 points)…one of four Seminoles to play in all 35 games while earning one starting assignment during his successful first season in Tallahassee…averaged 18.8 minutes played with his freshman-season high of 32 minutes played in his crowning freshman game on the road at Virginia Tech (Jan. 20)…totaled his career-high of 24 points, on his career-high of eight made field goals, his career-high of six rebounds in his career-high of 32 minutes played in the Seminoles’ 91-82 road win at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. …scored in double figures in five ACC games including his first career ACC game against No. 3 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium (Dec. 30, 10 points)…averaged 8.0 points in 18 ACC games as compared to 7.7 points during the Seminoles’ 12 game non-conference schedule…Florida State finished with an 11-1 record in its pre-ACC schedule…scored in double figures in 10 games as a freshman with 22 coming in the championship clinching game against Colorado State in the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 19) and 24 points coming in Florida State’s victory at Virginia Tech…led the Seminoles in scoring three times (22 vs. Colorado State, 24 vs Virginia Tech and 10 vs. Virginia)…a stellar start to his career as he totaled 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes in his career-debut against George Washington in the Seminoles’ season-opener (Nov. 14)…double figure scoring came in three of the first four games of his career as he immediately began displaying his immense talent to be one of the top players in the ACC during his career…averaged 11.3 points scored per game in his first four games with 12 points coming against George Washington, 22 points coming against Colorado State in the championship game of the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 19) and 11 coming in Florida State’s victory over Kennesaw State (Nov. 22, 98-79) at the Donald L. Tucker Center…totaled eight points and two steals in 21 minutes played in Florida State’s victory over No. 5 Florida in Gainesville (Dec. 4)…scored 14 points on four made 3-point shots in Florida State’s victory over Loyola (Dec. 6)…15 points on a career-high tying five made 3-point field goal in Florida State’s 98-45 win over Southern Miss (Dec. 21)…totaled 8 points, 3 rebounds, and a career-high tying 2 steals in Florida State’s win at Louisville…scored the game-closing basket in the victory on a dunk with 1 second remaining to ice the 80-76 win over the Cardinals…(Feb. 3)…totaled 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as a starter for the first time in his career in Florida State’s victory over Pittsburgh (Feb. 18)…as one of two Seminoles to shoot better than .750 percent from the free throw line during the season…he made his career-high of seven free throws on his career-high of eight free throw attempts in the Seminoles’ ACC victory over Pitt (Feb. 18, 14 points)…a perfect of four of four from the free throw line as the Seminoles’ defeated No. 4 seed Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Elite Eight…career-high three steals in the Seminoles’ Elite Eight game against Michigan and multiple steals in six different games.

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… 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…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 points 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 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 for the basketball team 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, played basketball and graduated from 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…major is Social Science.