6’8 wing CJ Walker was one of the very best underclassmen we viewed during July. Hit the jump to get the 4* prospect’s thoughts on his play this Summer and an update on his recruitment.
A highly productive wing that makes a huge impact on both ends of the court, Walker had dominant stretches at the Fab48 playing up a year at the 17u level for E1T1.
“I feel like I played well in July. I did a good job of showing my versatility and playing with a high motor.”
Having viewed CJ live on multiple occasions in July, he is one of the most versatile prospects in the 2019 class. Walker can play the perimeter or the post and be equally effective on both ends of the court. He has a plus handle that allows him to create separation and get clean looks from the midrange or get in the paint and finish at the rim. In the post he displays advanced use of his pivot and good footwork in general. Defensively his versatility is simply elite, CJ can defend the 2, 3 and 4 spots and wreak havoc on the opposition. His lateral movement and athletic ability allow him to stay in front of guards on the perimeter while having the size and explosion to block shots and rebound at a high rate.
“Being a two-way player is my biggest strength. The ability to play at a fast paste, facing up and getting to the basket, and my mid range jumper.”
While Walker doesn’t get the national attention that he should, his offer list has the profile of a big-time prospect. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Auburn, Mississippi state, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, SMU, Florida, UCF, Georgia Southern, UNF, Florida State, LSU, Wichita State, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Memphis have all extended official offers with Kansas, Maryland and Georgia all showing interest.
While CJ is still in the early stages of his recruitment, he does have a handful of programs he plans to visit in the near future.
“I plan on visiting FSU, Alabama, Auburn and Louisville for sure and some West Coast and Midwest schools also.”
In the meantime Walker is focused on taking his game to the next level and helping his Orlando Christian Prep team reach the promise land again.
“I want to keep getting better and be consistent, that’s my mindset. And obviously win another state championship.”
We’re extremely high on CJ as a jumbo wing that can fit in nearly any system with his ability to score from multiple spots on the court and be an elite defender with a great motor. He has prototype size at a legit 6’8 with great length and athletic ability. When our 2019 rankings debut, Walker will most definitely be in that group as an upper tier prospect.