Florida looks to be in good shape for another really nice season next year.
The Gators, who lose four seniors, will get back one of their best talents in forward Chris Walker. The freshman announced on Twitter that he'll return for a second season. Though casual college hoops fans might not know Walker too well, the athletic big man is considered first round-good right now. It was not a given he'd come back.
Until he made it clear late Wednesday.
This year has been a great one, and I'm happy to say I will be joining the gatornation again for one more year!— Chris Walker (@cwalkertime23) April 9, 2014
Walker, 6-feet-10, averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in less than five minutes per game. He missed more than the first half of the season because the NCAA was looking into his academic eligibility. With such a veteran lineup, Walker didn't get much of a chance to work his way onto the court.
The Gators now bring back combo forward Dorian Finney-Smith, point guard Kasey Hill and sharp shooter Michael Frazier II. Incoming impact prospects Devin Robinson and Brandone Francis will also see playing time as freshmen.
The Gators rank fifth in CBSSports.com's Ridiculously Early Top 25 (and one).