Former CU Buffs center Dallas Walton commits to Wake Forest

7-footer from Arvada to play final collegiate season in ACC

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BOULDER, CO – February 8, 2021: Colorado’s Dallas Walton with a power dunk during the Oregon State at Colorado men’s basketball game in Boulder on February 8, 2021.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Dallas Walton is trading the westernmost power conference in college basketball for one of the premier leagues along the East Coast.

On Wednesday via his social media accounts, Walton announced a commitment to Wake Forest for his sixth and final season of college basketball in 2021-22.

The native Arvada and graduate of Arvada West spent five seasons with the Buffaloes, though he was only active for three of those years.

After suffering two torn ACLs in high school, Walton redshirted as a true freshman and averaged 5.7 points and a career-best 3.1 rebounds while starting 25 games in 2017-18 as a redshirt freshman. The 7-footer missed the following season due to another torn ACL and struggled in a limited role off the bench last season before regaining his form this past year, shooting .550 from the field while averaging a career-high 6.5 points.

Walton also went 9-for-19 on 3-pointers (.474) while contributing to the Buffs’ record-setting season at the free throw line with an .845 mark (49-for-58). Overall, Walton played in 84 games for the Buffs (48 starts), averaging 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds.

He posted a career-high 22 points in a win against Washington in Las Vegas on Dec. 20. In previous seasons, Walton said he had an eye on applying for a sixth season of eligibility following his senior season due to the injury issues earlier in his career. That process became unnecessary given the eligibility relief granted by the NCAA for the 2020-21 season, and last month Walton told BuffZone he would explore his options following the season and ultimately entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Walton is the third CU senior from 2020-21 to find a new home, following D’Shawn Schwartz’s commitment to former Buffs assistant Kim English at George Mason and Jeriah Horne’s decision to return to Tulsa.

Wake Forest lost its final eight games of the season and finished 6-16 overall with a 3-15 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was the program’s first season under head coach Steve Forbes, who arrived after posting a 30-win season at East Tennessee State and was set to lead ETSU into the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled amid the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.