Florida Gators sophomore forward Chris Walker has decided to forego the rest of his eligibility and declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft.
Walker joins Michael Frazier II as underclassmen who will leave the program in hopes to be drafted this June.
“I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and everyone at Florida for my experience here,” Walker said. “I’m excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally.”
Walker came to Florida as a heralded five-start prospect and McDonald’s All-American but leaves after a disappointing career at Florida. Walker averaged just 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 53.8% shooting. He played just an average of 14.6 minutes per contest last season, starting just six games and coming off the bench in 25 more.
“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.”
Potential is the word that gets tossed around most with Walker. In two years, the athletic forward never really realized that potential or bought into the program that Donovan ran. He spent a semester ineligible due to NCAA rules and was ruled ineligible for another six weeks for receiving impermissible benefits dating back to when he was a prospect.
Walker hasn’t exactly boosted his draft stock these past two years but his departure at this time makes sense given that he was unlikely to raise his stock next season.