Last week, Chris Walker surprised everyone by entering the 2015 NBA Draft despite having two years of eligibility left at Florida and the opportunity to transfer to a different school.
Count ESPN’s Dick Vitale as one of the multiple analysts who are questioning the former Gators’ decision.
I get what Vitale is saying as Walker only averaged 4.7 points per game last season and hasn’t developed under one of the best coaches in all of college basketball in Billy Donovan, but there may be more to this story.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN mentioned on Twitter last week that it wasn’t the 6-foot-10 big’s decision not to return to Gainesville (basically they didn’t want him back). Maybe Walker looked at his options on the transfer market and realized that there weren’t enough high quality offers for him. He obviously doesn’t want to play at a school that he isn’t comfortable attending.
Walker was a top 15 recruit and NBA teams do tend to draft off potential so there’s a possibility that a team will select him and place him in the D-League.
Regardless, even if Walker doesn’t get drafted (which is likely), he could get a slot on a Summer League roster and can certainly play in the D-League. He probably feels like he can develop better at that level than at Florida.
Was this the best decision on paper from Walker? Probably not. But do we know the full story of his situation? Absolutely not.
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