Next Tuesday, the Florida Gators will add Chris Walker — a top 10 signee last season — to Billy Donovan’s arsenal. Academics cost him his first semester at Florida. He’s been sitting out the second semester due while the NCAA dug into his eligibility status.
Finally, the NCAA has stated that Walker received improper benefits from two agents and three other people. If the kid can get around like that on the hardwood, Florida just got a whole lot tougher.
The NCAA cleared Walker to play yesterday. He will have to donate $270 to charity — that’s what he made from the agents — and he’ll also have to serve 80 hours of community service.
He has been practicing with UF while waiting for the NCAA’s verdict.
The Gators are currently tops in the SEC, unbeaten in league play, riding an 11-game win streak this season and a 26-game win streak at home dating back to last year. At 17-2 they’re a consensus top 10 team and are trying to overcome a poor conference RPI in order to nab a #1 or #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And now they’re adding a 6-10, blue-chip power forward in Walker. The rich get richer.