2 BITS: Walker to miss season? Prather honored

By Adam Silverstein
January 22, 2014

1 » While the Florida Gators continue to wait, hoping to learn about the playing eligibility of freshman forward Chris Walker, the NCAA has been tight-lipped about the entire situation. However, a source with the organization told SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria on Wednesday that Walker “not playing at all this season remains a possibility.” Though that information sounds dire, it is not necessarily groundbreaking as anyone facing an NCAA eligibility issue has the possibility of never being cleared and therefore not playing. Head coach Billy Donovan has decided to stop addressing Walker and his status, so a comment from him on this report the next time he speaks (Thursday) is unlikely.

2 » The news was much more positive for another Gators forward on Wednesday as senior Casey Prather was named to the Wooden Award‘s midseason list of 25 semifinalists. Though Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Kansas’s Joel Embiid are the frontrunners, Prather is widely considered one of the most improved players in college basketball this season as he currently averages a team-high 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting a team-best 63.6 percent from the field. Prather is just 17 points away from scoring 276 during the 2013-14 season, which matches the total number of points he scored over the last three campaigns, combined.


  1. Tractorr says:

    If Walker isn’t allowed to play it will be an utter travesty. How can you hold someone accountable to your rules if that person does not know the rules (a minor at that). It is different once the player is on campus and has met with compliance staff but Walker sounds like he was trusting someone he should have, a coach. Punishing a young man trying to get his life straight for something that ultimately didn’t matter (a trip to a school he didn’t go to) is Kafkaesque piece of bureaucratic absurdity.

  2. Gatoralum88 says:

    It still bugs me that Billy let Joel Embiid slip away. I realize the kid had a much better relationship with Norm Roberts and his son who also went to The Rock but it’s not like Billy had to go far (his back yard practically) to close the deal himself. If I were Billy, I’d have stopped by his school EVERY DAY going to and from home. As good as the Gators are now, imagine how good they’d would be if they had Embiid! I’ve read blogs that say he didn’t want to come because of Patrick Young. That’s ridiculous! They’d have been fine together! Joakim & Al certainly didn’t have a problem playing side-by-side.

    • Absolutely. Huge, huge miss.

    • jimmyjohns says:

      It definitely would have been nice to have him. I know we pushed hard and he was a fan of Billy and the program. Ultimately, though, he was pushed towards Kansas (and away from UF) by the guy that helped bring him over from Africa, Mbah a Moute. He felt Kansas and Self developed big men the best and gave him the best opportunity for growth. Personally, I think he held a grudge after being eliminated from the Final 4 two years in a row…because there is no comparison between the quality bigs that the two coaches have produced.

  3. fsdjkfdskl;fd says:

    NCAA is trash.

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