Tristan Walley picks Arkansas State

Tristan Walley picks the Red Wolves

Tristin Walley was planning this all along.
After a nice weekend visit to the Arkansas State campus, the 6-foot-7 Walley decided he wanted to be a member of the Red wolf program.
And that was the plan all along.
Walley averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for a Jones team that just lost twice.  He shot 51 percent from the field, 25 percent on 3-pointers and 69 percent on free throws.
" A lot of the places I was considering you heard negative stuff about them,  said Walley. "I heard nothing negative about Jonesboro or Arkansas State. When I got there it was even better than I expected. I loved it. I loved everything. It was a great environment. "
Walley attended Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School where he played football and basketball.
"I played quarterback and had some college interest but I loved the round ball," he said.
He attended Jones where he was a two-year starter. This past season Jones was 29-2.
"I'm a winner," he said. "And I don't like to follow. I'm a leader."
Walley played inside and outside at junior college. He was name all-conference for his play this season.
"I believe I'm very versatile and I can guard anyone, one through five."
Also helping with his recruitment was a former high school rival, A-State wide receiver Omar Bayless.
"He said he loved it and everyone there takes care of you. That's what I'm looking for.  A family environment."
Walley visited A-State with 6-9 Shaquillo Fritz of Paris (Texas) and 6-5 Grantham Gillard of South Plains, Texas.