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Justin Walker to transfer to Purdue

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The shortstop leaves IU after posting a .210/.288/.304 slashline as a sophomore

Justin Walker (center left) celebrates winning the Big Ten title with his now former teammates.
Auston Matricardi

On Thursday 101.7 The Hammer reported that junior shortstop Justin Walker will transfer from IU to Purdue. A Crimson Quarry source confirmed this report on Friday morning.

In his two years as a Hoosier, Walker posted a .226 batting average, hit four home runs and drove in 40 runs while bouncing in and out of the lineup. His primary tool is his glove. He was one of the best Hoosiers defensively during his time in Bloomington.

Walker’s transfer seemingly solidifies Jeremy Houston’s place as IU’s shortstop next spring, as he and Walker have been the primary options at the position over the past few years. It could also create some playing time for newcomers like Cooper Trinkle as well as returning bench players like Sam Crail and Tyler Van Pelt.

The transfer will be a homecoming of sorts for Walker as he is from Lafayette and his father, Chris Walker, played outfield for Purdue He is expected to sit out next year because of transfer rules. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining for the Boilermakers after that.