Florida junior DeVon Walker will miss the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn ACL, according to a report from CBS Sport’s Jeff Borzello.
Florida wing DeVon Walker tore his ACL and is expected to miss the 2014-15 season, sources told @CBSSports.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 19, 2014
Walker played in 35 games a season ago, including his first career start in the season opener. Walker only averaged 12.1 minutes a game last season but finished fourth on the team in blocks (13) and three pointers (19). Walker’s three-point shooting and defense will be missed on a team that is trying to replace four senior starters from a Final Four run.
ACL surgeries are more common these days but even an ultra-aggressive timeline would only have Walker being able to return sometime in March, around the SEC Tournament and NCAA tournament. It is much more likely, if the report is true, that Walker will miss the entire season following surgery.
This puts additional pressure on incoming freshman Devin Robinson to step into a big role, especially defensively, for the Gators this upcoming season. Additionally, the roles of Eli Carter (who missed last season coming back from injury), Dillon Graham and incoming freshman Brandone Francis will be increased this season.