The University of Florida’s drop/add process for the fall semester will conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and the status of five-star 2013 power forward Chris Walker (Bonifay, FL) remains unsurprisingly unchanged – he will not join the Florida Gators for the fall but hopes to arrive on campus in December.
Walker, who OnlyGators.com reported in July was not expected to be academically eligible to play for head coach Billy Donovan in the fall due to a combination of lacking test scores and grades, spoke with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Tuesday to discuss his failure to get on campus and start his college career alongside friend, AAU teammate and five-star point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL).
“Now I understand how serious high school is, and that you can’t take the work lightly,” he said. “I didn’t do well, and work as hard as I should have early in high school.
“It’s a minor setback, and every day I’m working hard to get to Florida. My plan is to definitely be at Florida. I’m working every day to make sure I get to Gainesville.”
Though Walker improved his grades substantially over the summer by re-taking standardized tests and enrolling in online classes, the coaching staff knew months ago that Walker enrolling in the fall was a long shot at best.