Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIACJ Walker, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Orlando (FL) Oak Ridge, gave Oregon an early Thanksgiving gift by committing and signing on Wednesday, the last day of the NCAA early signing period.
Walker, who had initially been leaning toward signing late, also considered LSU and Miami.
“I am proud too announce that I will be attending the University of Oregon,” he said in a video released on Twitter. “Go Ducks.”
Walker joins Chris Duarte, one of the top junior college players in the nation, and high school standouts Isaac Johnson and Chandler Lawson in Oregon’s class.
Walker led Orlando Christian Prep to back-to-back state titles before transferring to Oak Ridge.
He averaged 15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over 16 games during the Nike EYBL circuit and averaged 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game at the Peach Jam.
“We are really fortunate to add C.J. to this class,” said Ducks coach Dana Altman. “He is a highly skilled player from a great basketball family. Coach Tony Stubblefield developed a strong relationship with C.J. and his family and we are really excited to have them join our program.”
“He has the potential to be an elite two-way player, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” his trainer Marcus Robinson said. “Reading ball screens and being able to create his shot less in than two dribbles is what we’re working on and perfecting on this season.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.