I’ve actually got a soft spot for the walk-ons. I think it’s probably the most thankless thing you can do in college, in most cases. Those guys work their butts off, right alongside the scholarship guys, with little hope of seeing the floor – with the exception of 2 minutes of mop-up time in a blowout. They definitely contribute – running the “scout team”, challenging the starters in practice, etc.
I didn’t really appreciate this until a couple of years ago, when Cory Goodman kept a blog through a season called “Life of a Walk-On”. It was always a fun read, and his attitude really impressed me. He’d talk about the imaginary games he played in during warmups, keeping track of his shooting for a “score”, and the hopes of getting into a game that were usually dashed.
Here’s to JJ and all walk-ons!