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May 2, 2014

Walker will join OU to help with Hornbeak loss

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Iowa Western Community College guard Dinjiyl Walker signed with Oklahoma men's basketball on Thursday evening following an official visit to Norman.

Walker, a native of Vaughn, Ontario, didn't take long to decide the Sooners were the team for him.

Later that evening, he tweeted the news himself.

"The coaches were nice," Walker said. "Coach [Chris] Crutchfield, Coach [Lon] Kruger and Coach [Lew] Hill, they're all really good people. After I met the team, I had a really good feeling about my situation here."

Walker said he'd received offers from Bradley, Rhode Island, Colorado, Fairfield and Duquesne among others.

His signing comes one week after Oklahoma earned a commitment from junior college guard Giovanni McLean. Eligibility and transcript concerns with McLean led the Sooners to keep looking for a back up point guard, though.

In Walker, the Sooners get a combo guard who can effectively replace former Sooner Je'lon Hornbeak who elected to transfer last month.

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 195 pounds, Walker averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 boards and 2.4 assists at IWCC last season while shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. Prior to his junior college career, he played prep ball at Academy of the New Church in Philadelphia.

The Sooners began courting Walker last month. He said they aren't asking him to do anything he hasn't already done in the past.

"They want me to be a point guard, shooting guard -- a combo guard -- which I'm used to that can score and distribute the ball," Walker said. "Shooting, handling the ball, getting to the basket, creating open shots for me and my teammates."



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