C.J. Walker’s phone has been buzzing in the three days since he opened his recruitment from Purdue.
Walker, a 6-foot junior guard from Tech, has picked up new offers from Memphis and Xavier. Clarence Walker, his father, said Florida State, Illinois, Iowa and LaSalle are other new schools that have reached out. Butler, Cincinnati and Ball State had previously offered Walker prior to his commitment to Purdue and have reached out to tell him those offers remain valid.
Walker’s father said the reason for pulling the commitment was to find a program that better suited his style of play.
“We wanted a school where he could get out and run a little more,” Walker said. “It’s not that he didn’t like Purdue. We liked Purdue’s staff and the school. We were kind of looking for a school that might fit his style a little more. We still wanted Purdue in the mix.”
It appears, for now, that Purdue does not intend to recruit Walker. The Boilermakers offered Xavier Simpson, a 2016 point guard from Ohio, on Monday.
The elder Walker said there are plans to visit Butler, Memphis and Xavier “in the next few weeks.” He believes Iowa is also close to extending an offer.
“I think it’ll be a big summer for him,” he said. “I’ve had quite a few people tell me he’s a high commodity coming out of the 2016 class.”
*I also spoke with Scott Turner, father of former Ball State and Pike High School guard, Zavier Turner. The elder Turner said Zavier plans to have a decision made by the beginning of June, but is keeping his transfer process quiet until then.
The 5-9 Turner will have two years of eligibility remaining after a transfer year if he goes to a Division I school.
*Former Wapahani guard Grant Evans, a 2014 Indiana All-Star, will transfer from Wright State he said. Evans played in 21 games at Wright State as a freshman.