An already loaded Florida Gators basketball program just got yet another big-time talent on campus, and it seems as if he could be joining the team in game situations in the very near future.
BREAKING: McDonald’s All-American Chris Walker has been admitted to Florida and is eligible to practice. Not yet eligible to compete.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) December 14, 2013
6-foot-10 freshman, and 2013 McDonald’s All-American, Chris Walker has reportedly been admitted to the university, and was planning to practice on Saturday, according to multiple reports. When we last heard from Walker, he was having serious academic troubles that could have derailed his entire debut season, but with those presumably out of the way, he could make a massive impact on this year’s team.
Walker was the #12 overall player in the 2013 recruiting class (according to ESPN), and he is considered to be an elite athlete who will be ready to make an impact from day one. Florida is loaded on the perimeter, but with Walker adding to Patric Young and Casey Prather on the front line, the Gators suddenly have the raw talent to contend with virtually anyone in today’s college basketball.
It is important to note that Walker has NOT been cleared to begin playing games (that we know of), but it would be a mild surprise if he were kept off the floor for much longer, given his eligibility to practice in full. It’s going to be an interesting few days in Gainesville.