One of the Washington area’s top basketball prospects has transferred schools and will sit out the upcoming season while repeating his sophomore year.
Andre Walker, a 6-foot-10 center who played last season at Clarksburg , transferred to Bullis but will not play this season. Although he is academically eligible to play for the Bulldogs, Walker will not play because high school players are limited to four seasons of eligibility. If Walker played this season, he would be able to play in only one of his two remaining years at Bullis.
“We want to shore him up academically so he is good to go,” Bullis Coach Bruce Kelley said. “I’ve only seen him a couple of times, but he’s a legit 6-10 with a long wingspan and he can shoot it better than I thought. There aren’t many guys out there with his length and height. He’s unique. There will be a lot of people coming through to look at him.”
This past summer, Walker said he had been offered a scholarship by DePaul. He has taken an unofficial visit to Maryland.
Kelley said that DePaul is showing the most interest in Walker, but that Miami, Wake Forest and Cincinnati also have inquired about coming to the Potomac school during the fall recruiting period to watch Walker play.
“We are extremely excited,” Kelley said. “As a coach, you don’t get many opportunities to coach a guy like Andre Walker.”
At the same time, Bullis lost another Division I recruit for this season when guard Jonathan Tshibuy decided to stay home in Quebec for his final year of schooling and not returnto Bullis out of concern that he might have had difficulty meeting the NCAA’s eligibility standards for incoming freshmen, according to Kelley.