Former Texas guard Martez Walker has found a new home and will transfer to Oakland, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news of Walker’s transfer was first reported by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.
A sophomore, Walker has a court case pending for misdemeanor domestic-assault charges from a September incident in his Texas dorm room. Walker was suspended indefinitely from team activities at Texas and then arrested again within the same week for trespassing as he violated an order that banned him from entering any on-campus residence halls.
Walker withdrew from Texas on Oct. 9 and has found a second chance playing basketball closer to his native Detroit.
According to Snyder, Walker will walk-on at Oakland for now and his status regarding a scholarship with the program will be re-evaluated by head coach Greg Kampe after the season. Walker will practice with the team but isn’t eligible to play in any games this season.
“I’ve been informed that Martez is here on his own accord, paying his own way,” Oakland associate athletic director Scott MacDonald said to Snyder. “He’s on our roster, not on our competitive roster at this point.”
With Walker joining the roster, this is the second Big 12 transfer that the Golden Grizzlies have received in the last few days. Former Iowa State guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker transferred to Oakland over the weekend. Both Walker and Dorsey-Walker played grassroots ball for the R.E.A.C.H. Legends and attended Detroit Pershing High School.
If Walker can get past his legal problems, and be a scholarship player, Oakland could be getting two very good transfers for next season and Kampe’s high-octane offense could use the former Big 12 guards. With point guard Kahlil Felder — who also attended Pershing — expected to return next season, the Golden Grizzlies could have one of the most talented and deepest backcourts in the Horizon League in 2015-16.
The 6-foot-4 Walker averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a freshman at Texas.