Generally, that means end-of-bench players who make the team via an open tryout, but there are a number of possible exceptions.
- Recruited Walk On: A "recruited walk-on" is a player that is recruited for a spot on a given team, but not offered a scholarship. This might happen if the team in question is out of scholarships, or if the player in question is independently wealthy. Some programs refer to these players as "preferred walk-ons." These players might also have an "off the books" agreement that they'll get a scholarship when one becomes available.
- Two-sport Players: A player with a scholarship in one sport -- say, football -- might "walk on" in a second sport.
UsageWalk-on is used as a noun, verb and adjective.
- Noun: "With Carolina leading by 20, Roy Williams put all his walk-ons on the floor."
- Verb: "Football star Terrelle Pryor has a standing offer to walk-on to the basketball team."
- Adjective: "Indiana's only healthy returning player is walk-on guard Brett Finkelmeier."