Gainesville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Highly touted freshman power forward Chris Walker will not be able to play for Florida this semester due to lack of academic requirements.
However, Walker said he still plans to enroll and play for Billy Donovan’s squad in December.
The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Walker is currently taking three online classes and is optimistic he will fulfill his academic requirements in time to be eligible at the semester break.
“Now I understand how serious high school is and that you can’t take the work lightly,” Walker told ESPN.com. “I didn’t do as well and work as hard as I should have early in high school.
“It’s a minor setback, and every day I’m working hard to get to Florida. My plan is to definitely be at Florida. I’m working every day to make sure I get to Gainesville,” he added.
A McDonald’s All-American, Walker was a part of Donovan’s recruiting class this season that also includes talented point guard Kasey Hill, who could start for the Gators with Scottie Wilbekin suspended indefinitely.
An athletic big man who runs the floor well, Walker gives Donovan a big-time shot-blocker.
Walker is expected to boost Florida’s frontline of Patric Young and Will Yeguete, Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith.
The Gators also have depth on the perimeter with Wilbekin, Hill, wings Michael Frazier and Casey Prather and Rutgers transfer Eli Carter.
“They’re loaded,” Walker said of the Gators. “Whatever role Coach Donovan wants to use me, I’m good with it. I just want to get there and play college basketball.”