On Friday, former five star recruit and Florida power forward, Chris Walker, surprisingly declared for the NBA Draft, instead of transferring or playing overseas.
Apparently, Billy Donovan and the Gators wanted to move in a different direction with Walker having his fair share of issues.
Back in 2013-14, Walker, then a freshman, was dealt a suspension for the first semester (didn’t get on the court until February) due to academic concerns and impermissible benefits. The big man was also suspended for two games during this past season for violating team rules.
When the 6-foot-10 native of Bonifay, Florida was on the court for the Gators, he was unable to live up to the tremendous potential that landed him as ESPN’s 12th ranked recruit in the class of 2013. The athletic Walker only played 14.6 minutes per game during his sophomore stint and averaged just 4.7 points per game and grabbed 3.5 rebounds.
Walker averaged just 1.9 points per game during his freshman season and played just 4.8 minutes per game off the bench.
The 20-year old was unable to grasp Donovan’s system, struggles from the free throw line (39 percent) and remains a very raw project for any NBA team at this point.
Walker is not projected to be selected by any professional teams in the Association.
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