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.
Dear NCAA: Chris Walker and Florida have waited long enough. The DMV now believes you are slow and inefficient. — Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 22, 2014
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.