Basketball Buckeyes C.J. Walker and Kyle Young honored on Senior Day
Big Ten Tournament begins Thursday in Indianapolis
The Ohio State University men’s basketball team is preparing for post-season play in the Big Ten Tournament and then the NCAA championship tournament. If the Buckeyes are to make a deep run in March, they will likely need their two senior leaders to be at their best.
For senior guard C.J. Walker and senior forward Kyle Young, the term “survive and advance” might have a different meaning this time of year. It may be the last time in a Buckeye uniform for Walker and Young when the season comes to an end for the team.
Walker and Young were honored by the team, Holtmann and their families at Senior Day on Saturday. Both players have graduated from Ohio State. Walker is pursuing a second degree and Young is working on his master’s degree.
“If this is the end for me at Ohio State, I’m forever grateful for everybody here,” Walker said. “I’m just really grateful for each and every opportunity that I’ve had.”
Young was reflective as well. The Canton native was one of Coach Chris Holtmann’s first recruits to Ohio State and will be remembered by fans for his toughness.
“Just looking back on it, I’m happy with everything I have been through as a Buckeye. So it’s been a good experience,” he said.
When he walks off the floor for the final time in scarlet and gray, Walker hopes he will be remembered for hard work and attention to detail.
“I just want them to remember me playing hard. Putting my team first, diving on the floor, you know, all the little things,” he said. “I just want to be remembered as the ultimate leader. A great overall point guard. One that wins and gets a job done each and every night.”
As an Ohio native, playing for the Buckeyes has been special for Young.
“Just growing up, being an Ohio kid, you know what Ohio State means to everyone in the state of Ohio. My family, growing up, were Ohio State fans,” he said. “Playing college basketball at this high level in the Big Ten … has been incredible. It’s been a dream of mine. I’ve been living that dream for the past four years.”