DeVon Walker decides to transfer from Florida

By Adam Silverstein
May 6, 2013

Florida Gators forward DeVon Walker informed the team late last week that he had decided to transfer, and the program officially announced his decision on Monday.

Gators head coach Billy Donovan wished Walker well in a school release.

“DeVon has a bright future, and we hope for the best for him wherever he chooses to go,” Donovan said.

Walker played in 24 games as a true freshman but averaged just 4.0 minutes per contest. He scored 20 points in 99 total minutes during the 2012-13 campaign, making just 4-of-22 shots (1-of-7 threes) while grabbing 17 rebounds.

The second Florida freshman to transfer this month, Walker joins guard Braxton Ogbueze as 2012 commitments hoping the pastures are greener elsewhere.

“I’ve grown a lot this year, and I’m grateful to Coach Donovan, the staff and my teammates at Florida for everything,” Walker said in the same release.

Over the last two offseasons, the Gators have added three transfers including forward Dorian Finney-Smith and center Damontre Harris in 2012 and guard Eli Carter on April 30. Finney-Smith and Harris will both be active for the 2013-14 season, while Carter is hoping the NCAA approves a waiver that would allow him to play immediately without sitting out a year.

Florida also has a pair of five-star prospects – point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL) and F/C Chris Walker (Bonifay, FL) – joining the program next season.

Minutes would have been hard to come by for both DeVon Walker and Ogbueze. The Gators will have just 11 scholarship players on the roster for the upcoming season should Hill and Chris Walker both be cleared academically.


  1. MAR says:

    Darn. Between Walker and Adam Lane, I was excited to finally see Winter Haven represented in orange and blue. Oh well, good luck to Devon! He’s got a great future ahead.

      • W says:

        Think he meant Winter Haven High. CP went to Lake Howell. Sad to see Devon go. Could have seen him develop into a very active defender and the heir apparent to Prather. He’ll do well elsewhere with some seasoning.

      • MAR says:

        Yep. I meant Winter Haven High. I didn’t know CP was from Winter Haven, but I live in Alaska now so I’m a little out of the Polk County loop.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Chandler went to my HS, Lake Howell in Winter Park (although used to be Casselberry and then Maitland). never had anyone who could play basketball when i went to school there, i think we went 2-80 or so in my 4 years th ere. They were so desparate that they wanted my brother just because he was 6’4, they didn’t care that he was a completely uncoordinated white boy who’s 5’10 little brother with no depth perception could school him….

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    I know we have lots of big depth this season, but I am a bit surprised at that one, didn’t see it coming. Was it a surprise to insiders or expected Adam? This is kind of what i was wondering last week when Eli Carter carter came on board as well, if the young talent would see less and less PT and maybe chase off some great developing talent or incoming talent wanting more PT for their hard work at practice.

  3. Spike says:

    All the more respect I have for Prather. Barely plays at all for 2 seasons yet we were told time and again how hard he practiced. Some players need to develop and are not ready to see tons of playing time.

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