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Dibaji Walker

  • Player
  • Seasons: 2019-20
  • Number: 24
  • Position: F
  • Height: 6' 9“
  • Weight: 190
  • Hometown: Columbus OH
  • High School: Independence High School (Columbus OH)
  • Prep School: Woodstock Academy
  • Transfer From: Cleveland State
  • Birthday: September 131)

At UMass

  • Announced his intention to transfer to UMass in August 2019, leaving Cleveland State.2) UMass made his signing official in September.3)
  • Due to CSU's unusual coaching change situation, Walker applied for a waiver to the NCAA's standard transfer rule, requesting immediate eligibility for the 2019-20 season.

2019-20 Sophomore year

Roster photo 2019-20

  • NCAA finally granted Walker's waiver request in late December, and Walker dressed for and appeared in the 12/30 game at Akron.4)
  • Took a few games to get comfortable. In his first five games with UMass, averaged 2.8 points, on .227 FG%, and 0.8 rebounds.
  • Did better versus George Washington (1/18), with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Career high in points with 22, on 9-13 shooting, plus 3-4 from the stripe, versus Saint Joe's (1/29).
  • Seven points and 5 boards in 13 minutes versus George Mason (2/9).
  • Seven points and 2 boards in 15 minutes versus Dayton (2/15).
  • Fourteen points, 3 boards, 2 blocks, and a steal versus Saint Louis (2/18).
  • Seven points, 5 boards, 3 assists, and a steal at Fordham (2/22).
  • Nineteen points, 7 boards, and a block in 24 minutes at Richmond (2/29).
  • Starting with the GW game and through the rest of the season, averaged 7.6 ppg, on .429 FG%, and 3.1 rebounds.

Statistics

SeasonGGSMPMPGFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%PTSPPGORBDRBTRBRPGASTSTLBLKTOVPFFO
2018-19 CSU24033514.04197.4232137.5682060.3331119.5791134.71423371.51310614350
2019-20 UM19033617.744113.3892955.5271558.2591721.8101206.3840482.5971020401
NCAA Ttl43067115.685210.4055092.54335118.2972840.7002335.42263852.022171634751

Game logs from Sports Reference
Career highs from RealGM.com

Pre-UMass

Cleveland State

Roster photo 2018-19

  • Appeared in 24 of the Vikings' 31 games, averaging 4.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg.
  • Posted four double-digit scoring efforts for CSU.
  • Scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-9 from the field against Wright State (1/19/19).
  • Late in the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer commented “Slender 6-7 freshman Dibaji Walker has talent, but might have benefited from red-shirting this season.”5)
  • CSU hired a new Athletic Director in April 2019, who fired men's hoop coach Dennis Felton and his staff in July, after eight Vikings players said they would transfer.6)
  • Walker's family was not pleased with how CSU handled the coaching staff's firing.7) Walker entered the transfer portal soon after.8)

High School / Prep School

  • Played a prep year at Woodstock Academy under current UMass associate head coach Tony Bergeron.
  • 14th ranked recruit in the Connecticut class of 2018.
  • Helped the Centaurs to a 35-5 record, a No. 3 national ranking, and reached the national prep tournament semifinals. Was teammates with Tre Mitchell.
  • Averaged 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals per game at Woodstock.
  • Posted 17.8 points per game as a senior at Independence on his way to All-Ohio Honorable Mention honors.

Personal

  • Son of Samaki Walker, who played at Louisville and had a long career in the NBA
  • Sister Sakima Walker has committed to Rutgers for their incoming class of 2020-219)
walker_dibaji.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/25 10:20 by mikeuma