Four days after Florida saw one of the best seasons in program history come to a close, the Gators got some good news. Big man Chris Walker announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he would return to school for his sophomore season, adding depth to a frontcourt that desperately needed it.
was held out for a majority of his freshman season because of academic issues. He made his debut on February 4 against Missouri
and played in 18 games during the season. He averaged 4.8 minutes on the court, scoring 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. The best game of his career produced six points in 14 minutes against LSU
on March 1.
His offense was limited to putbacks and alley oop dunks, but the hope is that will change with another year in college basketball. He was also a liability on defense against heavier big men and was only trusted in up-tempo games. However, a full offseason should help him bulk up and be better prepared for the opponents he will see next season.
"This year has been a great one, and I'm happy to say I will be joining the gatornation again for one more year!" Walker said on Twitter.
He also gives Florida a shot blocking presence that wasn't on the roster last season. Walker joins Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris as the three biggest bodies on the roster next season.