Ball State added depth to the backcourt for the future when it picked up a transfer from former Incarnate Word CG Jontrell Walker.
The 6-1 188 Junior was the 2015 Southland Conference Freshman of the year when he poisted 13.7 points per game and almost 2 assists. This past season, Walker split time as a starter and a reserve while posting 12.6 points, 1.9 assists and a steal a game. Walker was also a 93% free throw shooter.
Walker saved his best games for the top competition last season – scoring 17 points against Purdue, 16 with 3 steals against Oklahoma, 13 points with 4 steals against Cal and 20 and 4 assists against St. John’s.
Cardinals Still Have Spots for 2016
With the recent transfers of Guards Naiel Smith and Jeremiah Davis, Ball State still has 2 open scholarships left. The Cardinals currently have open offers to a pair of current high school players and have been courting several other transfers.
The Cardinals recently offered 6-4 180 PG Jay McMiller of Hanover-Horton in Michigan. The sharpshooting McMiller was a stat sheet stuffer last season – poting 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
The other offer open is with 6-9 185 PF Zach Hollywood. The former James Madison commit, has offers from Youngstown State, Evansville, Fairfield and American. The Bradley-Bourbonnais (IL) Senior visited the Cardinals this week for an official.
Ball State will have between 2 to 4 open spots on the roster for the 2017 class, depending upon how the 2016 shakes out. Here is a complete list of players holding Cardinal offers:
Kobe Webster, 5-10 150, Indianapolis (Park Tudor) – Other Offer: Cornell
Tra Landers, 6-1 170, Indianapolis (Cathedral) – Other Offer: Buffalo
Tyler Smith, 6-0 155, Fountain City, IN (Northeastern) – No other offers
Dwayne Rose, Jr., 6-2 170, Chicago (Crete-Monee) – Other offers: IUPUI, Buffalo, Western Illinois, Illinois-Chicago
Sasha Stefanovic, 6-4 190, Crown Point, IN (Crown Point) – Other offers: Valparaiso, Yale, Northern Iowa, St. Joseph’s, William & Mary, Penn, Toledo, TCU, DePaul, Northern Kentucky, Illinois State, Xavier, Indiana State, Evansville, IUPUI, Brown, Columbia, Holy Cross
Parker Hazen, 6-7 188, Columbia City, IN (Columbia City) – Other Offers: IUPUI
Alex King, 6-8 175, Columbus, IN (North) – Other Offers: Toledo, Indiana State, Northern Kentucky, Lehigh
Jalen Adaway, 6-5 180, Logansport, IN (Logansport) – Other Offers: Kent State, Evansville, IUPUI, Indiana State, New Orleans
Jack Nunge, 6-9 190, Newburgh, IN (Castle) – Other Offers: Evansville, Vermont
Jaylen Butz, 6-9 200, Fort Wayne, IN (North) – Other Offers: Illinois-Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland State, IUPUI, Indiana State, Kent
Ra Kpedi, 6-9 220, Indianapolis (Lawrence North) – Other Offers: Vermont, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Cornell, New Orleans, Western Illinois, Monmouth
Cameron Krutwig, 6-9 260, Algonquin, IL (Jacobs) – Other Offers: Belmont, UC-Davis, Furman, UAB, Loyola (IL), Illinois-Chicago, Vermont, Toledo, Columbia, Brown, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Lehigh
Chris Vogt, 6-10 185, Mayfield, KY (Graves County) – Other Offers: Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Tulsa