Notebook: Walker needs to learn

Chris Walker was one of the last Florida players off the court after Saturday's blowout win over Texas A&M, but the Florida fans didn't miss it. The student section cheered for the freshman with multiple screaming that they were excited for Tuesday. Then came the five-star's smile. Walker left the court on Saturday for the final time before taking it in his college debut on Tuesday.

The true test for Walker comes on Sunday and Monday. After being faced with a Thursday-Saturday turnaround without much time to prepare before clobbering Texas A&M on Saturday, the Gators now only have two days to prepare before hosting Missouri.

The former five-star recruit has spent on campus as a member of the Florida scout team. That won't be the case anymore. He'll now join the regular roster in preparing for the Tigers and learning the team's game plan for Tuesday's game. It's a new experience for Walker, and one that Billy Donovan isn't sure how he'll handle.

"We'll see what he can give us," Donovan said. We'll find out more the next two days in scouting and seeing how he absorbs some stuff. Another body would be good, especially when it's in the frontcourt."

The extra body will help with the multiple smaller injuries Florida is dealing with. Casey Prather didn't start on Saturday because of ankle soreness that is bothering him after originally rolling it at Mississippi State. He played only 21 minutes.

During the game, Dorian Finney-Smith and Scottie Wilbekin both came out of the game after banging knees with other players. Both were able to re-enter the game and looked fine. Sophomore guard DeVon Walker aggravated a hip pointer at Mississippi State and didn't play on Saturday.

Walker's debut on the court will give the Gators another body to fill minutes.

HILL STARTS: With Prather not starting on Saturday, Donovan pushed freshman point guard Kasey Hill into the starting lineup for the eighth time this season. He had four points, three rebounds and two assists before fouling out after 25 minutes of play.

Donovan wants Hill to be more aggressive in the paint. He's able to get to the rim at will in transition because of his elite speed, but he gets hesitant after that happens.

"He's got to be more of an aggressive driver than he is," Donovan said. "He gets up in there and shoots too many soft floating shots. He needs to go in there and get fouled more.

"In the open floor, he's got great speed, can find people and he's got good vision. I thought he did a good job today."

WALKER HELD OUT: DeVon Walker didn't play because of a hip pointer that has been bothering him. He felt fine before Florida played at Mississippi State on Thursday, but once he got into the game, the injury started to creep up again.

Donovan wanted to hold off using him against Texas A&M on Saturday. His status going forward is up in the air.

"I was only going to use him if we really needed him," Donovan said.

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