The Radford men’s basketball team is gaining another transfer.
Chyree Walker, who was a freshman forward for Colonial Athletic Association member Delaware last season, said Monday that he plans to enroll at Radford for the spring semester.
Walker, whose first name is pronounced Ky-REE, visited Radford last Friday and committed to the defending Big South champion Highlanders that day. He attended Radford’s win over Georgia Southern that night.
Walker, who lives in Maryland, said he also talked with Loyola of Maryland, North Carolina Central, Bryant and Mount St. Mary’s while seeking a new college.
Walker verbally committed to Delaware during the fall of his senior year at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.He said he also had offers at the time from Georgia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason, George Washington and Central Florida.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Walker averaged 3.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 16.2 minutes for the 14-19 Blue Hens last season, when he played in 30 games and started 14. He scored 12 points in a loss to Buffalo.
“I’m able to score around the rim consistently,” he said in a phone interview. “I have a decent jump shot, and I’m working on my ball handle.”
Walker said he is a “great defensive player.”
But he never played more than eight minutes in any of Delaware’s final eight games last season. His final start came in late January.
Walker announced on Nov. 1 that he was leaving Delaware’s team. He remained at Delaware as a student for the rest of the fall semester.
“The program didn’t fit my style of play,” he said. “I’m a fast-paced guy. I like to get up and down the floor.”
Under NCAA transfer rules, Walker will have to sit out the next two semesters. He will be eligible to play in games for the Highlanders beginning in mid-December 2019.
But he plans to appeal to the NCAA to let him play for the Highlanders next fall. Because he has not played for Delaware this season, he hopes the NCAA will count the recently completed fall semester as one of the two semesters he must sit out.
He will become the seventh transfer on an RU roster that already includes Kansas State graduate transfer Mawdo Sallah; Old Dominion transfer Travis Fields; Lewis Djonkam, who is sitting out after transferring from VCU; walk-on John Caldwell from Roanoke College; and junior college transfers Devin Hutchinson and Tristan Owens.
Walker won’t go on scholarship until after the upcoming spring semester.
Familiar names at Upstate
Former Radford assistant Dave Dickerson is in his first season as the coach at Big South newcomer USC Upstate (4-9).
Dickerson was a Highlanders assistant under Ron Bradley from 1992-96. He has hired Bradley as one of his Upstate assistants.
“I’m excited to be back with him,” Dickerson said a few months ago at Big South media day. “He’s been an important figure in my life since 1985 — he helped recruit me and coach me [when Bradley was an assistant] at Maryland. I wanted to coach because what I saw in him and [then-Maryland assistants] Sherman Dillard and Oliver Purnell.
“I thought it would be just a neat thing, just to have him with me on a daily basis. He’s forgot more basketball than I know right now. He has a great basketball mind. … Plus he had worked in the Big South the last couple years [as an assistant] at Longwood. I just thought having him on my staff and having his family and my family back together would be just a win-win situation.”
Dickerson served as Tulane’s head coach from 2005-10. He was an Ohio State assistant from 2010-17. He spent last season as a scout for the Utah Jazz.
He said getting to be a head coach in his home state of South Carolina is a thrill. He took over a program that won just seven games last year.
“We have a lot of work to do, but those are the kind of challenges you look for in your career,” Dickerson said.
Upstate used to belong to the far-flung Atlantic Sun Conference.
“We can build our brand in the Big South,” Dickerson said. “We have five situations [in the Big South] where we have one-day trips. … We can now have fans come see us on the road, because all of our graduates are in that region.”
William Fleming graduate Malury Bates’ basketball season is over.
Bates, a sophomore reserve forward on the Georgia women’s basketball team, suffered a torn ACL in a Nov 30 game against Mercer.
She averaged 5.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 16.1 minutes for the Bulldogs this season. She had eight points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes in a loss at UCLA.
She averaged 1.9 points and 7.7 minutes in 22 games last season.
Kennedy gives up basketball
Carroll County High School graduate Mattie Kennedy has left the women’s basketball team at Big South member Presbyterian.
She averaged 3.1 points and 16.7 minutes as a freshman guard last season, when she played in 28 games and started nine.
Kennedy, who is still a student at Presbyterian, left the team before this year’s season opener.
Kennedy, who wants to earn a biochemistry degree and attend medical school, said her academic demands conflicted with basketball. She also was hurt when preseason practice began a few months ago, so she said it seemed like the right time to step away from the court. She has been plagued by ankle and Achilles tendon injuries.