Chris Walker...wow.

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    I just went to YouTube to watch some video of Chris. Holy smokes! I knew he was a high-riser, but I had no idea he could handle the ball like he does.

    I seriously doubt Chris starts from Day 1, but I also don't see him coming off the bench deep into the season (but if he does, he'll be getting starter minutes anyway). So, will Pat stay at center or shift to power forward? And will Dorian start at small forward? This could get scary good. I suddenly like our chances of neutralizing Julius Randle a lot better.
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    Walker is going to be way, way behind. Great athlete with tremendous skills, but I highly doubt he unseats Yeguete, let alone forces Young to the four (a position he could never play in this system). I suspect he gets minutes at both post positions off the bench.
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    What jumped out at me watching Walker in the high school all-star games was great length & athleticism, defensive intensity (yes, in an all-star game), and rebounding prowess. Would love to get some of that from him before this season is over.

    I imagine he can fill a lane in the open court and slam down an alley-oop from Hill also if he gets a chance :joecool:
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    Can't wait for January already.
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    Walker can contribute right away on the defensive end. Will give UF an incredible big-man rotation necessary to enable UF to make a deep March run. I think he will play mostly at the 5 and allow Young to play more aggressively.
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    Walker and Harris, to go along with Young and Yueguette, we will have the best front court in the nation
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    Right On! He is way behind. And Billy D always recruits kids with a handle, having been a PG and realize how important that is.

    Also, the 4 in Billy D's system, is the most difficult to learn. You may recall that Billy D said he wished he had redshirted Matt Bonner and Bonner averaged almost 15 minutes a game as a freshman. By the way, you may also recall that the #1 recruit that year, Donnel Harvey, was a 2nd stringer although he played about 20 minutes per game and was the Gator's leading rebounder.

    How many true frosh 4's has Billy D ever started that you can remember, even later in the year.

    If Walker can earn perhaps 15 minutes per game, barring injuries, that would be a big contribution.
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    Not expecting Walker to start but it will be hard to keep him off the floor.
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    Harvey got some starts at the four as a freshman, I believe, but he struggled there (another reason we needed Bonner). That's about it. I still think the one in our system is more demanding, but the four requires so much in terms of setting screens, reading defenses, making post entry passes, initiating ball rotation--things most prep bigs have seldom been forced to do on a court.
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    Bill Laimbeer would have been the perfect 4 in Billy's system.
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    Adds depth and fouls to a thin front line...with the way fouls are called this year...you need depth.
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    Unless, of course, we wanted to press.
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    Laimbeer was a thug.
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    He might by February. He is a way better player than young and yegette
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    Not Harris..
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    He is more talented than those two, sure, but how do you know he is better right now? Young and Yeguete have been in the system for four years, they have played against collegiate competition for four years, and they will have been on the court in game shape working building chemistry with their teammates in live game action. You think six weeks of practice is going to mitigate all of that? Maybe, but I doubt it.
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    Brent Wright
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    Didn't Wright start at the three as a freshman? Pretty sure Stolt and Maddox started at the posts.
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    Walker is beast ..... cant wait
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    He only started a handful of games, but I think it was at the 4.

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