USAFA — The Air Force men's basketball team, staff & fans received some good news this week, as Falcon junior guard A.J. Walker announced he would return to Air Force next season.
"It was everything, the coaching staff, the people I hang out with," explained Walker. "Friends and teachers as well and the just the community. I mean everything that is all encompassed at the Academy and Colorado Springs. That is what really stuck with me. Me and my mom always talk about finishing what you started, so that was my thought process."
Walker originally entered his name into the portal after Air Force, and former head coach Dave Pilipovich, parted ways after 8 seasons at the Academy.
Last month, Walker narrowed his final four choice down to TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa & the Falcons. He ultimately chose to stay at Air Force.
"It wasn't a for sure thing that I was going to leave the Academy," said Walker. "I just wanted to put my name out their and see the options I had available."
The junior will return as the leading scorer, rebounder, & stealer for Air Force, and new head coach Joe Scott, next season.
"It is exciting for me," said Walker. "I am ready for the challenge. I know the guys around me will push me to my limits, so I am excited for it."
Walker's season-high came at the Mountain West Conference tournament, when he scored 24 points against Fresno State in the opening round.
Air Force is coming off a disappointing year, finishing 12-20 overall and 5-13 in MWC play, despite a senior-laden team.