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Colorado forward Dallas Walton transfers to Wake Forest

The 7-footer will compete in the ACC

Colorado v Georgetown Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Former Colorado Buffaloes center Dallas Walton announced on Wednesday that he will transfer to Wake Forest.

Walton will be immediately eligible as a graduate student. He could potentially gain an addition year of eligibility — making him a possible 7th-year senior (!) — after he missed all of 2018-19 with a torn ACL.

The kid from Arvada will see major minutes at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are in the middle of a rebuild and went just 6-16 under first-year head coach Steve Forbes. As the rare 7-footer with three-point shooting ability, Walton can add a dynamic they were missing this past season.

After starting 48 games for Colorado, Walton has proven be a leader on and off the court. For someone with his injury history — two ACL tears in high school and a third in college — it’s remarkable how much work he has put in to play at the highest competition. He’s a great kid whom Buffs fans will miss.

Walton moving on made sense for both the player and the Colorado coaching staff. Next season will be more of a transition year, in which Tad Boyle will test the underclassmen and incoming freshmen. Evan Battey will hold down the middle, Jabari Walker will be a leading scorer and freshman 7-footer Lawson Lovering has near limitless potential as a stretch-5.

This is the third confirmed transfer for the Buffs’ senior class. Last week, D’Shawn Schwartz moved on to George Mason (where he joins Kim English and Nate Tomlinson), and Jeriah Horne transferred back to Tulsa. Walk-ons Alexander Strating and Isaac Jessup have also entered the transfer portal.