Cox Announces Walker, Mading Will Join Rams for Remainder of Season

Cox Announces Walker, Mading Will Join Rams for Remainder of Season

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Head Coach David Cox announced that transfer Antwan Walker and freshman Marial Mading have joined the program for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Walker and Mading have enrolled at the University and are eligible to practice with the team immediately, though neither will play this season. Walker must sit out until next season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility for the Rams. Mading will redshirt for the remainder of this season and have a full four seasons of eligibility.

"We are very excited to have Antwan and Marial joining us this semester," Cox said. "This not only improves our practice depth this season, but it also gives these two young men the chance to adapt to our program and get adjusted to the University with less pressure. They will have a big rolling start into next year. We expect Antwan and Marial to impact Rhode Island basketball, and having them here now will help maximize that impact."

Walker is coming to Rhode Island from Georgetown, where he averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game as a freshman. He appeared in 25 games during the 2017-18 season.

A Washington, D.C. native, the 6-9, 230-pound Walker played a prep year at Hargrave Military Academy, where he was part of the 2016-17 team that went 43-2 and reached the prep national final four. He averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds for Hargrave. Before that, he was the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Player of the Year for back-to-back seasons while leading H.D. Woodson to a pair of city titles. In 2015-16, he led Woodson to a perfect 33-0 season while averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Mading had previously been announced as one of three signees for the Rams for the 2019-20 season. A 6-10 forward from Hagerstown, Md., Mading has strong enough ball skills that he played point guard for Springfield Commonwealth Academy. A Sudanese national who grew up in Australia, Mading can defend in the paint. He is considered a three-star recruit by and and had offers from Texas Tech, Houston, Hofstra and Tulane.