UCF basketball player recovering after Lake Down jet ski accident, cousin’s death

CJ Walker’s 17-year-old cousin died during jet ski incident

Crews search for teen who fell off jet ski in Lake Down in Windermere

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – University of Central Florida basketball player CJ Walker is recovering following a jet ski accident in which his cousin died, according to his social media and the university.

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Last week, Orange County deputies said 17-year-old Jeffery Barksdale and Walker, 20, were involved in a jet ski accident on Lake Down in Windermere. Walker was rescued, but the teen never resurfaced. His body was found the next day by the sheriff’s office marine unit.

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Deputies said no foul play is suspected.

Walker posted about his cousin’s passing on social media, writing “God has a plan for everyone. This one is a little confusing.” The UCF sophomore said he is heartbroken.

A UCF spokesperson said Walker is doing better since the accident. He was taken to Health Central in Ocoee after the incident, according to deputies.