Florida forward Chris Walker officially entering NBA Draft

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Earlier this week it was reported that the chances of Chris Walker returning to Florida for his junior season were slim, with transferring and declaring for the NBA Draft both being possibilities. Friday afternoon the school announced that that Walker will take his shot at professional basketball, and he joins Michael Frazier II as players who are leaving the program early for the pro ranks.

Walker’s two season in Gainesville weren’t without bumps, as academic issues and the receipt of impermissible benefits kept him off the court in 2013-14 until February. Expected to take a step forward in 2014-15, that did not turn out to be the case for a player who entered a college as an athletic but incredibly raw prospect.

The 6-foot-10 Walker averaged 4.7 points and 3.5¬†rebounds per game last season, and he isn’t projected to be selected in the June draft by DraftExpress.

Florida still has a number of options in the front court next season, with veterans Dorian Finney-Smith, Alex Murphy and DeVon Walker all back for another season. The Gators also add USF transfer John Egbunu and freshmen Noah Dickerson and Kevarrius Hayes to their front court rotation.