C.J. Walker, an in-state prospect out of Indianapolis, has just committed to Purdue. The three star recruit also had offers from Butler and Cincinnati with some serious interest from Xavier as well.
While Walker was torn between Purdue and Butler, C.J's father feels several decisions ultimately swayed him over to Purdue.
"He had a couple real good talks with Matt Painter the last couple days...told him he was the number one guy for the spot," mentioned Clarence Walker. Besides the potential for early playing time at Purdue, Walker also realized he'd likely have to compete for playing time at Butler with North Carolina State transfer Tyler Lewis. Mix in Brandon Miller's recent leave of absence due to health concerns and it gave Purdue a decisive advantage with the class of 2016 point guard.
All in all landing Walker was a solid get for the Boilermakers. Purdue had made it well known that he was their main target for point guard in his class, with assistant coach Jack Owens all in for him. The Indianapolis guard is just ranked in the top 200 on 247Sport's Composite 200 at 199th and the site lists him as the fourth best Indiana class of 2016 prospect.
The left handed guard helped lead his team to a state title as a sophomore and has shown solid passing skills and the ability to run the point at ease. His shooting, while not setting the world on fire, wasn't too bad last year (32% from three, 72% from the line) compared to what Purdue has been used to at the point.
Highlights of Walker are below: