Roadrunners’ Walker Accepts Scholarship From Pittsburg State University
State Fair Community College Roadrunners sophomore guard Andre (A.J.) Walker will continue his academic and athletic career at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas, in the fall. Walker recently accepted a scholarship from PSU.
“It was a great program before, but with Coach Kim Anderson there, it’s made the program even better. I feel it is a great opportunity for me to also help the team.”
Walker, a Kansas City native, was recently named an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Committee. He is the 11th Roadrunner to receive All-American honors from the NJCAA and the first since 2016.
During his only season at SFCC, Walker helped the Roadrunners to a 19-10 record and a spot in the Region 16 tournament semifinal round. He started in 27 games and averaged 13.4 points per game, shot 37.6 percent from the three-point line and almost 80 percent from the free-throw line. He was ranked 10th in assists in NJCCA Division I with 7.0 per game. Additionally, Walker pulled down 5.1 rebounds and registered 2.3 steals per game.
Walker was named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 first team and the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference first team. He has also earned a prominent place in SFCC basketball history. Averaging 7.0 assists per game this season, Walker now holds the number one spot in the top-10 single season assists record in the history of the program based on available statistics. Walker also ranks sixth in steals in school history with 2.3 per game.
“I think A.J. will be an all-conference player for Pittsburg too,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Matt Brown. “I know Coach Anderson was very excited to get him, and we’re excited for A.J. One of his dreams was to play basketball at a four-year school, and he got a full scholarship. He has really worked hard, and I’m happy for him.”
Walker says his favorite memory of his time at State Fair was getting to experience sophomore night. Walker plans to major in physical education at Pittsburg State.
“I want to thank everyone at State Fair,” said Walker. “I want to thank (Athletic Director) Darren Pannier and everyone who came out and supported the basketball team.”
--David Rohrbach, SFCC Athletics