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North Carolina Transfer Kerwin Walton Commits to Texas Tech

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On Monday, North Carolina transfer Kerwin Walton announced his commitment to Texas Tech after two seasons in Chapel Hill. Walton chose the Red Raiders over finalists Memphis and Clemson.

Walton contributed in a diminished role as a sophomore for Hubert Davis, playing just 13.3 minutes per game. The future Red Raider averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds, recording one start for the Tar Heels. Walton connected on 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and converted 100 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-5 guard appeared in two games during the Tar Heels’ National Runner-Up finish, seeing action against Marquette and Saint Peter’s.

“I felt that I could make an immediate impact,” Walton told Joe Tipton of On3.

A consensus four-star recruit, Walton emerged as an immediate option on offense, becoming North Carolina’s primary three-point scorer as a freshman. The former Tar Heel tallied 8.2 points and 1.8 assists, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from three. Walton started 20 games as a rookie, scoring in double digits in 11 contests. The Hopkins, MN native’s best performance featured a 19 point outing on 70 percent shooting in a 99-54 victory over Louisville.

As Walton heads to one of the best defensive programs in the country, he will look to improve what kept him off the court as a sophomore. Progress on the defensive end would allow Walton to make an instant impact, as he can contribute as a valuable outside shooter.

Walton, a career 39.9 percent shooter from beyond the arc, will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Red Raiders.

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