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Sooners officially announce signing of JUCO G Dinjiyl Walker

by Ryan Aber Published: May 2, 2014
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Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger announced the signing of junior college combo guard Dinjiyl Walker on Friday, a day after Walker announced his decision to sign with the school.

“Dinjiyl brings the versatility to play both the point and off-guard positions,” Kruger said in a release. “He’s the type of player who makes his teammates better.

“Dinjiyl brings a very solid basketball foundation both offensively and defensively and we expect him to fit in extremely well right away.”

While the 6-foot-2 Walker can play both guard spots, he’s likely to be counted on to give the Sooners minutes at point guard as a junior. His addition was necessitated by the decision of Je’lon Hornbeak to transfer.

Hornbeak was the backup to starting point guard Jordan Woodard last season.

“After meeting Coach Kruger, all the assistants and playing with the players on my visit (Thursday), I felt Oklahoma would be a great fit,” Walker said in the release. “I really like the way they play—they play fast and like to get up and down.”

As a sophomore at Iowa Western last season, the Vaughan, Ontario, native averaged 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game to earn second-team all-region honors. As a freshman, he helped the Reivers to the NJCAA national tournament quarterfinals.

“I think I bring a lot of things to the table—mostly scoring and distributing the ball,” Walker said. “I like to play combo guard, which is what OU is bringing me in to do. I can shoot it and get to the rack, and I like to create openings and feed my teammates. If they’re hitting shots, that makes me feel as good as when I’m hitting shots.”

Iowa Western coach Jim Morris also praised Walker’s defense.
by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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