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Wyatt Walker leaving NC State after 1 season

So long, big fella.

NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Boston College Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Wyatt Walker has decided not to spend his final year at NC State, or at any college, it seems. The big man is moving on after one season in Raleigh, and according to Jeff Gravley, it sounds like he will pursue a professional career.

Next year would have been his fifth college season, so I can’t say as I blame him for being ready for the next step in his life. School gets old, and he’ll turn 24 in November.

Walker sacrificed a lot to play at the ACC level, going from a primary contributor at Samford to more of a third-rung opportunist with the Wolfpack. His workload was the lowest of anybody in the rotation, as he accounted for a mere 11.6% of the team’s field goal attempts while he was on the court. I appreciate that he was willing to accept the role, because it’s not often an easy thing to do. Next year would have been more of the same, no doubt.

Walker’s departure leaves an open scholarship, which the Wolfpack hopes to fill with Valparaiso grad transfer Derrik Smits. Smits will be on campus this weekend.