Walker staying (update: He is officially back)

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    Hope this works out but we'll probably be sweating it until April 27th.
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    4 months ago he was projected early first round, possible lottery. A month ago he was late first early second. Now I do not see him in the projections in the first 2 rounds.
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    Money is such a draw but he can make so much more long term if he goes into the league ready to play.
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    stay a year and likely be a lottery selection if he progresses as he should
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    We may not see him as a first rounder, but some in the NBA do.
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    Would an extra year make any difference to the people he loves?
    Can his family get the proper support they need in the meantime to survive?
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    With Walker's background, obviously money is going to play a bigger factor than most kids. If he stays, awesome, and he'll most likely improve his draft stock. But if he goes I don't blame him and appreciate his time at UF and loathe not getting to see more of it.
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    It would be a colossal error if he declares, this is as no brainier as no brainier gets, he will be back
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    The more that declare the tougher it might be to get drafted as high as he would if he returned.
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    Not when your family is dirt poor and you can take a shot at the NbA and worst case play in Europe. Maybe a no brainer for you, but I'm not going to tell anyone what to do with their labor. He'd most likely improve his draft stock by staying, but that might not be his desire.
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    There's a chance he could climb if he entered based on what he would show scouts and team executives in the workouts. The chance is just as likely he would fall given his slight frame or during the interviews they have with draft prospects given his mental acumen for the game is behind most college freshmen. And that's not a slight to Walker; his circumstances put him at a disadvantage this year but that's the reality.

    If his economic situation was out of the equation, staying is a no-brainer IMO.
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    If his financial situation was so poor, why not go to Europe right away instead of college at all?
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    I am not sure that Chris has much of a family that he needs to worry about. As for his own welfare, I believe that he would be best served by getting as much of an education as possible, being mentored by Billy Donovan, developing his social skills and learning how to play the game of basketball.
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    He has a far greater chance of seeing a second contract if he stays another year and matures physically, emotionally, mentally, etc.

    Plus, there's a huge difference between late and early first round money on that first contract.
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    In his commitment video, Chris Walker promised me that he and his boy Kasey Hill were going to bring UF a national championship. I am holding him to that promise! :D
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    For reference...the quote is around 2:30

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    I really liked what I saw from Chris, but honestly, the guy barely played at all. He has some adjusting to do, and if he tried to jump to the NBA, that adjustment would be tenfold.
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    I really don't see Walker leaving early. I think Donovan is getting these kids because they are realistic about truly developing as players. I know those inside the program are selling these kids on the fact that Florida develops players that have basketball "careers" and not just a school that produces draft picks that flame out. This is a point of emphasis within the program and I believe kids that come here are seriously invested in their own futures and realistic about where they stand. If you look at Devin Robinson's comments when he committed he spoke of Billy Donovan's track record of player development. Obviously, this is speculation but I have to believe Walker understands that he has finally found himself in a good personal situation for the first time in his life and staying here for 2,3 or even 4 years will allow him to develop the skills he needs to be a success on and off the court and also teach him how to handle that success.

    Even if Walker left early and got a decent contract, the kid is not equipped to handle or manage his money while at the same time trying to teach himself how to play the game at a higher level.
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    I'd be shocked if he goes. Been shocked before, though.

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