FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton head men's basketball coach Dedrique Taylor announced, Wednesday, that former Riverside City College standout Corey Walker and Trinity Valley Community College transfer Josh Gentry will continue their athletic and academic careers with the Titans.
Walker, a 6-foot-5 guard who attended Hampton University in Virginia last year, but did not play basketball for the Pirates, must sit out the 2013-14 season according to NCAA transfer rules and will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2014-15. Gentry, a 6-foot-4 guard, will have two years of eligibility remaining at the Division I level beginning with this year's campaign.
A former student-athlete under current associate head coach John Smith while at Riverside City College, Walker was a two-year starter for the Tigers out of Santa Monica High School, twice earning All-Orange Empire Conference First-Team honors as a point guard. He averaged 7.6 points (third on the team) and 2.3 assists per game (second on the team) as a sophomore.
"This year, with him redshirting, it helps us out with the scout team," Taylor said. "He gives us an experience component and he's an athlete that can guard and handle the ball. He provides us with depth, but he will be able to help our current guys by being able to mimic guys in our league and on our preseason opponents, challenging them."
Gentry, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., began his collegiate career at North Dakota, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds in just five minutes per game in 2011-12 as a true freshman. Last season for the Cardinals at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, he upped his numbers to 8.4 ppg while shooting .450 from the field, .347 from three-point range, and .717 from the line, reaching double figures 10 times, including a high of 17 points against Weatherford College in a 77-74 victory.
"Josh is an unbelievable kid, a high-character kid, who gives us experience at two different levels," Taylor said. "He gives us some depth, some length, and some athleticism, which all feed into the way in which we wish to play moving forward."
He prepped at Pike High School in Indianapolis, averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg as a senior, earning MVP honors at the Eric Gordon Super Shootout All-Star Game following his final prep season with 28 points. He was also received interest from Bradley, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, and Tennessee-Martin out of high school.
2013-14 CAL STATE FULLERTON MEN'S BASKETBALL NEWCOMERS
Name (HT, WT, POS, Hometown/Previous School)
Sheldon Blackwell (6-5, 175, G, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS)
Joe Boyd (6-9, 240, F, Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS)
Moses Morgan (6-6, 220, F, Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde HS/DePaul)**
Floris Versteeg (6-9, 215, F/C, Amsterdam, Netherlands/Canarias Basketball Academy)
Hidde Vos (6-4, 190, G, Barendrecht, Netherlands/Canarias Basketball Academy)
Ian Spruce (6-4, 185, G, Playa Vista, Calif./Price HS)
Josh Gentry (6-4, 180, G, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike HS/North Dakota/Trinity Valley CC [Tex.])
Corey Walker (6-5, 190, G, Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica HS/Riverside CC/Hampton Univ.)**
** must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.