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Texas Tech Basketball: North Carolina Guard Kerwin Walton to Transfer to Texas Tech

The roster is at 13.

Red Raider Sports’ Chase Champlin has some of the details regarding Kerwin Walton’s commitment to Texas Tech via North Carolina. Walton has three years of eligibility and Walton’s commitment gives Mark Adams and Steve Green another shooter for the team.

Walton averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman, but that dipped significantly as a sophomore, averaging just 3.4 points last year. Walton’s shooting dipped, from 44.4% from the field and 42% from deep as a freshman to 37.3% and 35.4% as a sophomore, so the reason to move on from North Carolina seems obvious.

Champlin noted in the article that there is still one possible spot available as Clarence Nadolny is deciding if he wants to play in France or play another year with Texas Tech:

Walton’s addition leaves Texas Tech with one scholarship spot open on the roster. This spot was hoping to be filled by Campbell transfer Cedric Henderson Jr who ended up choosing Arizona. Now this spot could be left empty, saved for a possible mid-year transfer, given to a walk-on, given to another transfer portal guy, or could be used by Clarence Nadolny who is in the process of deciding whether to head home and play in France or stay in Lubbock.

I do believe that Walton was largely committing as a result of Green’s presence, who will absolutely love having a pure shooter on the team, something that Texas Tech has lacked for a long time.

This is from Walton’s freshman campaign and you see the type of shooter that he is and can be.

Aside from the Nadolny decision, this pretty well wraps up the class unless with Nadolny decides to leave and then add another player, but it may be really beneficial to leave a spot open as a Jaylon Tyson type of player may become available mid-year. I’ve also added Corey Williams, Jr. as a walk-on, tried to find his weight, but just couldn’t find it.

Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Guards Clarence Nadolny | (6-3/195) | JR
Kevin McCullar | (6-6/195) | R-JR TR TR
Mylik Wilson | (6-3/175) | JR TR TR
Ethan Duncan | (5-11/160) | FR RS WO WO WO WO
Lamar Washington | (6-4/200) | – HS
Richard “Pop Pop” Isaacs | (6-2/180) | – HS
D’Maurian Williams | (6-5/195) | SO GW
De’Vion Harmon | (6-2/198) | JR UO
Drew Steffe | (6-5/170) | – HS HS
Jason Jackson | (6-4/195) | – HS HS
Corey Williams, Jr. | (6-1/-) | – HS WO WO WO WO WO
Kerwin Walton | (6-5/210) | – UNC
Forwards Adonis Arms | (6-6/205) | S-SR
Terrence Shannon, Jr. | (6-6/210) | JR TR
Davion Warren | (6-6/210) | S-SR
Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. | (6-7/215) | SO TR TR
KJ Allen | (6-6/215) | SO
Jaylon Tyson | (6-7/200) | R-FR
Austin Timperman | (6-7/190) | R-SO WO WO WO
Robert Jennings | (6-7/220) | – HS
Elijah Fisher | (6-7/210) | – HS
Bigs Kevin Obanor | (6-8/225) | SR
Marcus Santos-Silva | (6-7/250) | S-SR
Bryson Williams | (6-8/230) | S-SR
Daniel Batcho | (6-11/245) | R-FR
Fardaws Aimaq | (6-11/245) | SR UV
TOTALS 13 13 12 10 7 2

TR = Entered Transfer Portal; WO = Walk-on; NBA = Declared for NBA Draft; GW = played at Gardner-Webb; UO = played at Oregon; UV = played at Utah Valley; UNC = played at North Carolina

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