Ohio State is officially dipping its toes into the transfer world this weekend when it hosts former Florida State guard C.J. Walker for an official visit.
The news was first reported by CBSSports’ Jon Rothstein and has been confirmed by The Dispatch.
The 6-1, 195-pound Walker is a native of Indianapolis, where he was heavily recruited by Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann while he was at Butler. He spent two seasons with the Seminoles, where he started 34 games as a sophomore and averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He would have to sit out one year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
After losing Keita Bates-Diop to the NBA, the Buckeyes have two available scholarships for the 2018-19 season. They have signed a four-man recruiting class and are unlikely to add any more true freshmen, instead focusing on the transfer and graduate transfer routes.
Although Ohio State requires students entering graduate school to hold a grade-point average of close to a 3.0, which limits the talent pool from which the Buckeyes could potentially recruit from, the primary emphasis is to add at least one such player to the roster to help address a lack of backcourt depth. Given how the roster is currently constructed, it’s unlikely Ohio State would add any further post players for next season.
Walker was Florida State’s fourth-leading scorer but saw his playing time dwindle at the hands of classmate Trent Forrest as the Seminoles reached the Elite Eight.