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McDonald's AA Chris Walker not enrolling at Florida this semester

McDonald's All-American Chris Walker will not enroll at Florida this semester and won't play for the Gators until at least December, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

Fall classes began at Florida last Wednesday.

The final day for Walker to enroll and play this semester was Tuesday.

Walker is a consensus top-10 prospect from the Class of 2013 who has spent recent months taking three online classes in an attempt to meet the NCAA's minimum requirement for freshman eligibility at the Division I level. Simply put, a source said, the 6-foot-9 forward is yet to finish the coursework and can't enroll until he does.

"But he's close," a source said. "He should enroll and be eligible in December."

A source told CBSSports.com that Walker's new goal is to complete his coursework, submit it to the NCAA, get cleared academically and enroll at Florida in December. He could in theory be eligible to practice and play as soon as final exams are completed at Florida on Dec. 13. The Gators' first game after that date is against Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

This development is a setback for Florida but one that can be overcome. The Gators still have a frontcourt of Patric Young, Will Yeguete, Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris. That's enough to rank them in the top 10 of the offseason Top 25 (and one).


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
 
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