Arsenal Tech basketball team with their sectional championship trophy. Arsenal Technical High School’s reigning State Championship basketball team has some holes to fill in its roster this year. After last year’s historic season, the team graduated 11 players.

Now the underclassmen are stepping up, none more so than junior C.J. Walker.

Walker served as the point guard on the State Championship team last year as a sophomore. He still misses the experience of playing with last year’s seniors; however, he says this year’s team while underrated is still going to be fun to watch.

The Titans are always fun to watch, but this year according to Walker is going to be “a special year.”

It’s a special year for Walker as he has verbally committed to play basketball for Purdue University after he graduates in 2016.

“C.J. fits the mold of a Boilermaker to a ‘T,’” says Arsenal Tech head coach Jason Delaney. “He is hard-nosed, gives everything he has, stays out of trouble and is a winner. He gets the most out of his ability.”

Walker can’t wait to work with the coaching staff at Purdue and says it will be a great group of coaches to play for. It’s also just an added perk that Purdue is close enough to home so his family can come and support.

Delaney calls Walker a “coach’s dream.” He puts in extra hours after practice, he accepts nothing but the best from his teammates, and he strives to lead his team in the best way possible. Although only a junior, Walker’s teammates have voted him as team captain for the last two seasons.

The Titans will face another nationally ranked schedule this year, and Delaney and his coaching staff will be looking to Walker to lead his teammates.

“We expect him to score, rebound, give out assists and be a lockdown defender,” says Delaney.

And Walker will be able to do just that. He has the experience from his years of playing with last year’s seniors.

“They always pushed me,” Walker says. “They taught me ropes as I was running the offense.”

The 2013-2014 Titans were a once in a lifetime team, but the 2014-2015 Titans are going to put everything on the line to defend their title.

“We came from nothing,” says Walker. “Now people are watching us. It’s been such a great experience to play for this program.”

The Titans will tip off their season with a scrimmage this Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. against Herron. The regular season starts November 26 at Warren Central. Go Titans!