Florida Gators forward Chris Walker has been suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season due to violation of team rules. The details have been undisclosed.
Walker will miss the Gators exhibtion matchup against Barry and the first two regular season games against William & Mary and Miami.
The sophomore will be eligible to return against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 21st.
The Gators also announced freshman Brandone Francis will not be eligible to play at all this season due to academic reasons.
This is certainly not the start Billy Donovan envisioned heading into the Gators’ 2014 campaign.
Walker was suspended for most of last season due to academics and played sparingly when he returned, averaging 1.9 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per game.
He has the talent to have a huge impact this year but will have to prove he’s mature enough to stay on the floor. Florida will need his services if they want to reach the Final Four for the second straight season.
In a stacked 2013 recruiting class featuring the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid, Walker was ranked No. 6 overall according to Rivals.com.
If this season goes well, many scouts believe Walker will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2015 NBA draft.
Draft Express has him being selected No. 13 overall as of now.
The Gators will kick off their season on Friday, Nov. 14 against William & Marry.
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