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Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Adds UMass Transfer Walker To Roster

Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Adds UMass Transfer Walker to Roster

App State head men’s basketball coach Dustin Kerns has announced the signing of Dibaji Walker (Columbus, Ohio / UMass) to the program.

Dibaji Walker | 6-9 | 200 | Columbus, Ohio / UMass

Walker joins the App State program after an undergraduate career that saw him spend one season at Cleveland State University before finishing out at the University of Massachusetts. Before beginning his collegiate career, Walker was a standout player at Independence High School. He averaged just under 18 points per game en route to earning All-Ohio Honorable Mention honors. He then spent a year at Woodstock Academy where he averaged 11 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. He helped the Centaurs leap to third in the national polls as the squad went on to post a 35-5 record. He was the 14th ranked recruit in Connecticut’s class of 2018. His only year at Cleveland State saw him appear in 24 games. He scored 113 points to accompany 37 rebounds and 13 assists. He tallied five double-digit scoring efforts and tallied a season-high 17 points against Wright State. Walker then transferred to UMass where he appeared in 39 games for the Minutemen. He recorded a career-high of 22 points against Saint Joseph’s as a sophomore. He excelled from the floor during his final year at UMass, shooting just under 60% from the floor. He comes to The High Country having played 63 games at the collegiate level. The 6’9 player has scored 301 career points and posted 132 boards with 34 assists. He joins the team as an experienced college basketball player that will provide size, strength and leadership to the Mountaineer squad.

Kerns on Walker: “We are excited about the addition of Dibaji Walker to the Mountaineer family. Dibaji is a very skilled player that is versatile and excels in many areas on the court. He brings a lot of experience and a commitment to improving his game on a daily basis. Being the son of former NBA player Samaki Walker, he has been around the game all his life and knows what it takes to be successful. Mountaineer nation, please join us in welcoming Diabji to the App State family.”

As Kerns continues to mold his roster for the upcoming season, App State looks to build off of their recent success from the past two seasons. The Mountaineers are fresh off their second consecutive year of playing in a national postseason tournament, one year removed from their Sun Belt Championship in 2021.