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    Taevon Horton, a walk-on member of West Virginia’s men’s basketball team, will not return to the program next season, an official from WVU confirmed.

    A true freshman from Fairmont, West Virginia, Horton played in 11 games for the Mountaineers this past season and scored a total of 10 points. The 6-foot-1 guard was a two-time first-team Class AA all-state performer at Fairmont Senior High School.

    Reportedly Horton plans to submit his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal but has not done so yet. Once he enters the transfer portal, other college and university coaches will be able to call Horton and discuss his transfer options.

    #89677

    Many walk ons last only 1 year.  Good luck to him where ever he lands.

    #89706

    Didn’t realize that walk-ons were under he same restrictions
    as scholarship players. They can’t just walk off?

    #89718

    According to the latest NCAA information 46 percent of DI athletes are walk-ons and 39 percent of DII athletes are walk-ons. DIII athlete’s are not eligible to receive athletic scholarships so walk-in status is not calculated.

    Was Horton a Preferred Walk-On, Walk-On (Recruited) or Walk-On (Unrecruited).

    Preferred walk-on is guaranteed a spot on the team and are going to receive all the support of normal scholarship athletes.

    #89726

    Didn’t realize that walk-ons were under he same restrictions
    as scholarship players. They can’t just walk off?

    They are, but that changes this fall. At that time (no specific date was given, I’d assume Sept 1 or something like that), some walk-ons will be able to transfer without penalty.

    “Additionally, walk-on student-athletes on teams that provide athletics aid and nonrecruited walk-ons can transfer and play immediately without a waiver. Those rules are effective for students who transfer to new schools this fall.”

    Here’s a writeup on the different walk-ons. It’s not from the NCAA — it’s from a company that sells services to help athletes get recruited.

    Preferred walk-on offer
    A preferred walk-on offer means the coach would like you on the team but cannot (or won’t) offer any financial assistance at least for the first year. Preferred walk-ons can earn a scholarship going into their second season, but nothing is guaranteed. Some student-athletes will turn down scholarship offers at smaller schools to play for a bigger program as a preferred walk-on.

    Recruited walk-on offer
    A recruited walk-on offer means there is interest from the coach but no financial assistance and you must still earn a spot on the team through additional try outs or summer training camp. Although there is no financial assistance or even a guarantee of making the team, some student-athletes still view a recruited walk-on offer as a great opportunity to be play at the highest level of competition.

    Unrecruited walk-on offer
    Typically, this is when a student-athlete qualifies for admission to the school and plans to join the team through an open tryout. In this scenario, there is usually a conversation with the college coach prior to enrollment to confirm the student-athlete will be able to try out for the team.

    #89743

    1) Rumor is that he will join Joe Mazulla’s team at Fairmont State University (Horton’s hometown)

    2) I was told that WVU Staff had wanted him to spend a year at Prep School out of High School to improve his game and mature .. but he did not want to do that.

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