TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior M.J. Walker, who helped the Seminoles to three top-12 final national rankings during his career, was presented with the 2021 Golden Nole Award for Men’s Basketball at the 27th Annual Golden Nole banquet inside Doak Campbell Stadium. The banquet was hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C.) and recognized the more than 500 Seminole student-athletes for their contributions on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Walker, who will earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science on April 23, 2021, finished his career ranked sixth in school history for career 3-point shots attempted (479), ninth in career 3-pont shots made (173) and 15th in career free throw percentage (.785). He played in three NCAA Tournaments, helped the Seminoles to the 2020 ACC Championship and to two ACC Tournament Championship game appearances (2019 and 2021). Walker scored 1,077 career points, averaged 9.0 points scored per game, and made at least 40 3-point field goals in each of his four seasons in Tallahassee.
Florida State finished 12th or higher in the national polls in three of his four seasons (2021, No. 10; 2020, No. 4; 2019, No. 12). The Seminoles averaged 12.8 ACC wins during his career with a school record 16 ACC wins coming in winning the first ever regular season championship in school history in 2020.
Walker completed his career as one of the most decorated Seminoles in school history. He earned All-ACC Second Team Honors and All District Second Team honors as a senior in 2021, was a two-time team captain (2020 and 2021), was a two-time Jerry West Award Watch list honoree (2018 and 2021) and was named to the 2017 Jamaica Classic All-Tournament team.
Walker was also celebrated by the Florida State coaching staff throughout his career. He earned the Seminoles’ Newcomer of the Year Award at Florida State’s Annual Awards Banquet in 2018 and earned the Tip of the Spear Award at the Seminoles’ Celebratory Honors Banquet in 2020. The Tip of the Spear Award is presented annually to the member of the men’s basketball team who exemplifies Florida State’s unconquered spirit and who gives unselfishly of himself throughout the season.