Two years removed from being a top recruit, Florida’s Chris Walker declares for NBA draft


Six of the consensus top 10 recruits in 2013 are in the NBA (Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh and James Young). Three more already declared for the draft (Dakari Johnson and the Harrison twins).

The 10th will also turn pro (Florida’s Chris Walker):

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Walker possesses many of the same traits he did coming out of high school – highly athletic but unrefined game. That’s enough to make him an elite recruit, but not a top draft prospect.

The 6-foot-10 power forward might not even get drafted, though it’d hardly be surprising if a team took a flyer in the second round. He’s still just 20, after all. But at this point, Walker has more name recognition than high regard among scouts.

The question of why Walker didn’t develop better at Florida will get asked by teams considering draft him, but also by teams considering hiring his former coach, Florida’s Billy Donovan.