The Florida Gators were expected to be a top 10 team in the 2013-14 college basketball season. They were also expected to challenge the Kentucky Wildcats for an SEC title and go on a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. However, does Chris Walker being ineligible hurt the Gators’ chances of winning a title?
You bet it does.
Walker is a five-star recruit and ranked No. 12 in the class of 2013, according to ESPN. His skills and 6’10” height should give Florida one of the best frontcourts in the nation.
It is important to note that Walker could join the team in December. If this is the case, Florida will only not have him for a short period of time to start off the season.
However, Walker still has to become eligible and until that actually happens, he will not be able to take the court.
Walker would be a huge bonus to this team, but Billy Donovan has a great ball club regardless. Among the key returns is Patric Young. However, plenty of other talented players will be returning and it also helps that incoming freshman Kasey Hill will be taking the court. He is a five-star recruit.
The best case scenario for Walker and Florida is him being able to join the team in December. Florida is likely a top 10 team even without him, but his talent would make the Gators that much better and they will need him to beat out the Wildcats for a conference title.
Whether the case, Florida should have another great season.