One major question mark facing UCF’s basketball team prior to the season is at the point guard position, where the Knights graduated  A.J. Rompza.

The senior averaged 7.1 points, 4.4 assists per game last season and was third on the team logging 31.1 minutes per game – behind only Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan. UCF Coach Donnie Jones may be forced to lean on true freshmen to replace that production this year, but he said it could be a point guard by committee situation.

“We have a freshman in Daquian Walker who I think is very talented, that is going to play at the point, but Isaiah Sykes can play the point, if we have to run the offense through Keith Clanton we’ll do that, if we have to play two-guard fronts some nights,” Jones said. “I think it’s all based on who we are playing and what the pressure is on our point guard situation.

Both Walker and Matt Williams (Jones High) could factor in early for the Knights, with Walker perhaps starting from Day One. It’s a challenge he said he’d be ready for, but that he is preparing as any freshman would – for whatever type of job the coach offers.

“I am just trying to come in and just play any role that coach wants me to play whether it be the six man, seventh man, whatever it is,” Walker said. “If I’m going to start that’d be good but I’m just trying to come in and just learn as much as possible, come in, work hard just be a good teammate and just represent UCF well.”

Walker said he is taking the preseason to learn everything he can about his teammates, on and off the court, that may help with the transition.

 “it just comes with being a point guard,” Walker said. “You have to know everybody’s personality,  you have to know where certain people like the ball in certain spots and then you just have to distribute the ball and make sure you keep everybody happy.”

 

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