Mandatory Credit: Photo by Phelan M Ebenhack/AP/Shutterstock (13744223b) Houston guard Ramon Walker Jr. warms up before an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla Houston UCF Basketball, Orlando, United States – 25 Jan 2023
Houston Cougars basketball sophomore guard Ramon Walker will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season with a medical redshirt, multiple sources with knowledge of the program confirmed to Gallery Sports on Sunday afternoon. Fox 26 Houston was the first to report.
Walker played in just 10 games for the Cougars this season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest. The Pearland native, who went to Shadow Creek High School, played 27 games as a freshman following the numerous injuries the team suffered during the 2021-22 year. He also made two starts.
Walker has battled through physical injuries this campaign, Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson told reporters earlier this season. The 6-foot-4 guard also took a leave of absence from the program earlier in the year to “work on Ramon,” Sampson said.
He rejoined the program during a trip to New Orleans ahead of the game against Tulane. However, Walker was still battling through some things, Sampson said shortly after his return. Houston is giving him time and space, the head coach added.
“We respect our kids,” Sampson said on Jan. 19.
Walker last played in a game for the Cougars on Dec. 28 at Tulsa. A medical redshirt means this year will not be counted against his eligibility, so Walker still has three full years of college basketball eligibility remaining. A medical redshirt can only be done if a player does not appear in more than 30% of a team’s games in a season.