Chris Walker Officially Joins The Gators!

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    What's the hold up on actually playing?
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    He had a trip to Kansas that was flagged, might cost him a few games.
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    sucks, really wanted to see him Tuesday night here in NYC
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    Looks like a very good ball handler for a big guy.
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    That and even if he were immediately eligible there would be an adjustment period. The kid has missed offseason conditioning, fall camp, six weeks of live play, and all the practices worth of installing our sets on offense, our different defenses and presses, and our situational strategies. He is way, way, way behind. How would he react when the opponent switches defense mid-possession? Or unexpectedly puts on the press? Would he be ready for our out of bounds sets? Or know what to do late in the clock? Lots to work on for him.

    I actually think a short suspension may be what he needs to pick up two weeks worth of practice before being thrown out on the floor in live action against decent competition. Ideally, if he could start getting some work in the three-game home stand against Savannah St., Richmond, and South Carolina before the trip to Fayetteville (which will be very, very tough from a strategy, disciplinary perspective), then he would have his legs under him a little and could start getting more minutes going forward.
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    No doubt. The kid has a great face up game, good ball skills, and the length and athleticism to finish his drives at the rim. At this stage in his career, he still camps out on the perimeter too much, but in my opinion we play him mostly at the five to start just to get his feet wet with less complicated stuff and to keep him around the rim for easy finishes and offensive rebounds, as well as use him as rim protector at the other end of the floor.

    But you can see why scouts are raving about him. He could legitimately play three positions at the next level depending upon what kind of scheme his team plays. But as a 6'10", 220 face up four with a shot, ball skills, finishing ability, and the length and athleticism to defend and rebound his position, the sky is the limit for Walker.
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    With Harris not playing, Walker's addition is obviously huge for us. Can't wait.
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    Even if he doesn't play...Donovan should let him do his own dunk show like Lebron did pre game. You know..because it would be awesome.
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    At least he is practicing with the team and has been admitted by the university, that is a huge step. Hopefully the NCAA will give their approval very soon and he will be allowed to play in games. This will help our team tremendously having a shot blocker and another rebounder. His offense will be a work in progress but he is not a project on offense like we have had in the past. His development will come quickly. Only hope he sticks around for a second year. Go Gators!
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    I am so happy.
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    If he can do even half of what he did to those poor HS players..... Look out.
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    Love it.

    Can we keep him a while ?
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    LD, some think he leaves this year but there are others that are convinced he will be here through next season.
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    Thanks, Hall.
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    Fantastic news! He's got a lot of catching up to do, but the talent will start to show quickly.

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