Sooners Illustrated takes a quick look at Oklahoma's key players

JuCo combo guard ready to make a big impact for Sooners

Two weeks from the start of the regular season against Memphis, and Sooners Illustrated is set to breakdown the 11 scholarship players on the Oklahoma Sooners' roster.

We’ll look at importance for this year’s team, a quick recap of last season and a project final stat line.

No. 2 Dinjiyl Walker (6-foot-1, 203 pounds)

3.3 points per game, 18 assists, 10.6 minutes per game, 36.3 shoot percentage

What happened last year: Walker’s first year with the Sooners was a rough one. He came in as a point guard but never developed into Jordan Woodard’s primary back-up. As a combo guard, he struggled to get into a rhythm or find his place in the rotation.

He didn’t play much but had spurts where he showed his ability to score.

Level of importance for Oklahoma (1-10): 5. It’s now or never for Walker to make an impact. He was only going to get two seasons at Oklahoma, but he seems to be making the most of it.

Walker wasn’t a usually participant in after-practice shoot around last year, but he’s taking a lesson from the other seniors on the team. He’s ready to make a big impact, and he’ll be in position to do it – as the first man off the bench in the backcourt for Oklahoma.

Projected stat line: 8 points per game, 35 percent shooting, 33 3-point shooting percentage, 15 minutes per game.

If Walker means nothing else to the Sooners, it’ll be important that he lets Hield, Cousins and Woodard rest on occasion without losing much of a drop off. He should provide more of a scoring punch, and he’ll be counted on a little more to do so.

Walker seems ready for a bigger role. It’s all up to him. 

His goals, his words: “My goal is to be the Sixth Man of the Year. That’s what I’ve been talking to coach about, if not earn a starter role. I feel like this is going to be a real good year for me and I’m going to be able to play a lot of minutes this year.”

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