Walker enters NBA Draft

Former five-star recruit Chris Walker is leaving school early and will enter the NBA Draft, the school announced on Friday.

Scout’s Evan Daniels first reported on Thursday that Walker would leave school early.

As a sophomore, Walker played in 31 games and averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. He led the Gators with 36 blocks last season.

“I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and everyone at Florida for my experience here,” Chris Walker said. “I’m excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally.”

Walker came to Gainesville as a top-10 overall recruit, but grades and NCAA trouble postponed his debut until February 4, 2014. He played in 18 games as a true freshman. The former McDonald’s All-American made big plays with put-back dunks or blocked shots, but his basketball IQ needs to improve at the next level.

“Chris has been a pleasure to coach,” Donovan said. “He is a great kid with a lot of potential, and everyone here wishes the absolute best for him.”

Without Walker, the Gators will still have size. Center John Egbunu becomes eligible this year after sitting out last season because of the NCAA’s transfer rules. The return of Dorian Finney-Smith also helps at the power forward position, and Alex Murphy and Devin Robinson both can help in the paint.


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