Hill enrolled, Walker waiting

As freshmen for multiple sports begin to report to Gainesville this week, there will only be one of the two-member basketball recruiting class on campus. Five-star point guard Kasey Hill will go through orientation on Tuesday and enroll on time at Florida, but five-star forward Chris Walker will continue to wait.

Chris Walker has been anticipated to have some academic issues, and they continue to be a problem, as the campus will see an influx of his first-year classmates this week. There aren't any clear answers for the Florida coaching staff yet.

"Chris is still working towards some different things academically," said Florida assistant Matt McCall, who was filling in on an SEC teleconference while Billy Donovan is away with Team USA. "The biggest thing is that everything has to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse. We should have some more information later on in the summer."

McCall was heavily involved in the recruitment of Walker and got to know him well during the process. He said that the five-star recruit continues to keep a positive attitude and is doing his best to continue working through the process.

"The one thing I'll say about Chris is that he is committed to the process," McCall said. "He has truly done an unbelievable job. He's continuing to work hard."

The absence of Walker hasn't slowed the optimism in the Florida basketball offices. The Gators return a number of key players from last year's team, add at least one five-star freshman with point guard Kasey Hill being on campus, and transfers Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris will be eligible.

With players returning and coming to campus for the first time this week, the optimism is starting to build in the basketball offices, even while Donovan and sophomore guard Michael Frazier are with Team USA.

"This is an exciting time when you're able to get some of your new guys on campus and have your old guys back and start working with them," McCall said. "We'll get them in weight room and start preparing for next year."

Non-conference scheduling: The Southeastern Conference teams will start submitting their non-conference schedules for league approval. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in late May that it will be similar to a stoplight -- citing a green, yellow or red zone for each team.

Scheduling hasn't been a problem for Florida. The Gators have loaded up with tough games in the non-conference schedule, and it won't be a difference this year with games set against Connecticut, Kansas, and Memphis among others.

"We played a strong non-conference schedule last year, and the same will be said about this year coming up," McCall said. "The games we have on our non-conference schedule are every bit as difficult as the one we had last year, if not more."


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