The NC State basketball team addressed one of its biggest needs for next season on Tuesday with the signing of graduate transfer big man Wyatt Walker.
A 6-foot-9 center, Walker will graduate from Samford next month with a degree in marketing and will join the Wolfpack this summer. He will be able to play immediately and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“Wyatt is wonderful young man and I’m excited that he is going to be a part of our program,” State coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement. “I’ve known Wyatt for quite some time now and I’ve always loved the motor that he plays with on both ends of the floor. He is an improved shooter from the perimeter, skilled on the block and has a high basketball IQ. He is a great fit for our system and will bring a wealth of experience to the team.”
Walker averaged 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds as a sophomore and was a preseason All-Southern Conference selection in 2017-18. But he missed all but two games after suffering a knee injury.
His addition helps fill a hole in the middle created by the graduation of seniors Abdul-Malik Abu and Lennard Freeman, and the transfer to Georgetown of 7-foot All-ACC big man Omer Yurtseven. He chose the Wolfpack over Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma State.