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Chris Walker To Return To Florida For Sophomore Season

Chris Walker announced on Wednesday that he will return to the University of Florida for his sophomore season.

Walker was a draft prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft.

A 6-foot-10 big man, Walker averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 18 games in his freshman season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Florida, UConn, Kentucky, Wisconsin Have 46 Former Players In NBA

This season's Final Four schools, Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin, have a combined 46 former players currently on NBA rosters. Fifteen of Kentucky's 21 current NBA players have entered the league since John Calipari arrived in 09-10.

Florida
Bradley Beal
Matt Bonner
Corey Brewer
Nick Calathes
Udonis Haslem
Al Horford
David Lee
Mike Miller
Joakim Noah
Chandler Parsons
Marreese Speights

Connecticut
Jeff Adrien
Ray Allen
Hilton Armstrong
Caron Butler
Andre Drummond
Rudy Gay
Jeremy Lamb
Emeka Okafor
Hasheem Thabeet
Charlie Villanueva
Kemba Walker

Kentucky
Eric Bledsoe
Keith Bogans
DeMarcus Cousins
Anthony Davis
Archie Goodwin
Josh Harrellson
Chuck Hayes
Terrence Jones
Enes Kanter
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Brandon Knight
Doron Lamb
Jodie Meeks
Darius Miller
Nazr Mohammed
Nerlens Noel
Patrick Patterson
Tayshaun Prince
Rajon Rondo
Marquis Teague
John Wall

Wisconsin
Devin Harris
Jon Leuer
Greg Stiemsma 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Virginia Receive Four No. 1 Seeds

Florida, Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia are the four No. 1 seeds of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Villanova are the four No. 2 seeds, while Iowa State, Syracuse, Creighton and Duke are the four No. 4 seeds.

Louisville, the defending champions, received a controversial No. 4 seed, along with UCLA, Michigan State and San Diego State.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Florida Beats Kentucky To Win 2014 SEC Tournament

Florida defeated Kentucky by a final score of 61-60 to win the 2014 SEC Tournament.

Scottie Wilbekin was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Patric Young, Michael Frazier, Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Jarnell Stokes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Scottie Wilbekin, Julius Randle Headline SEC Awards

Scottie Wilbekin of Florida has been named SEC Player of the Year.

Wilbekin was joined on the First Team All-SEC by Jabari Brown, Jordan McRae, Johnny O'Bryant, Casey Prather, Julius Randle, Trevor Releford and Jarnell Stokes.

Randle was also named Freshman of the Year.

On the Second Team All-SEC are Jordan Clarkson, Chris Denson, Marshall Henderson, Charles Mann, Jordan Mickey, Rod Odom, Bobby Portis, Jarvis Summer, James Young and Patric Young.

Young was also named Defensive Player of the Year.

On the SEC All-Defensive Team along with Young are Willie Cauley-Stein, Jordan Mickey, Josh Richardson and Scottie Wilbekin.

Joining Randle on the SEC All-Freshman Team by Shannon Hale, Damian Jones, Jarrell Martin, Jordan Mickey, Bobby Portis, Sindarius Thornwell and James Young.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Michigan State, UNC, Florida, Texas To Play Three-City Barnstorming Tour In 2018

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has devised a four-team barnstorming event that will include three games over an eight-day period.

Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and Texas have agreed to play three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles while traveling together on a single chartered airplane in December of 2018.

Hollis said each of the four teams will get a home game against an opponent to be determined later to make this a four-game event and qualify as a multi-team event.

"So many of these kids know each other from AAU and everything else that we felt this would be a great way to travel," Hollis said. "I worked with (ADs) Steve Patterson at Texas, Jeremy Foley at Florida and Bubba Cunnningham at North Carolina on this. They and the head coaches are all excited about the opportunity for the student-athletes."

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Chris Walker's Florida Debut Attended By 19 NBA Scouts

Chris Walker had four points, two rebounds and two blocks in seven minutes in his debut for Florida on Tuesday.

There were 19 NBA scouts in attendance for Walker's first game as he's an anticipated first round pick if he leaves school after his freshman season.

"We're happy he's with us,'' Scottie Wilbekin said. "He came in and did his job. He helped us in the way he can help us.''

Walker sat out the first semester as a non-qualifier academically.

Via David Jones/USA Today

Chris Walker Finally Cleared To Play

Chris Walker has been cleared by the NCAA.

Walker becomes eligible to play for Florida on Tuesday.

Walker failed to qualify academically last summer and spent the fall taking online classes to become eligible. Walker joined the team Dec. 14, but has sat out 10 games waiting for the NCAA to clear him.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Alex Murphy Transfers To Florida

Alex Murphy will transfer to Florida.

Murphy recently left Duke where he was not receiving substantial playing time.

Murphy brother, Erik Murphy, played for the Gators.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Chris Walker Begins Practice With Florida

Chris Walker has enrolled at Florida and began practice on Saturday.

Walker, the No. 6 prospect in the class of 2013, has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Walker is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA before he can appear in actual games.

Via Kevin Brockway/Gainesville Sun (via Scott Phillips/CollegeBasketballTalk)

Florida Gators Archives

Justise Winslow Commits To Duke

Justise Winslow, a 6'5 small forward out of St. John's School in Houston, is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2014.

Devin Robinson Commits To Florida

Devin Robinson has committed to Florida, choosing the Gators over Indiana, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame.

Abdul-Malik Abu Chooses N.C. State Over UConn, Florida, Providence

Abdul-Malik Abu is a 6'8 forward ranked in the top-50 in the class of 2014.

Donovan Wants Patric Young To Lead By Example

Patric Young’s points and rebounds have plateaued over the last two seasons.

Goodluck Okonoboh Narrows List To Duke, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida

Goodluck Okonoboh often draws comparisons to Nerlens Noel.

Stanley Johnson Schedules Visits To Kentucky, Arizona, Florida, USC

Stanley Johnson is a top-15 player in the 2014 class.

UK/Baylor, KU/Florida Headline Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Kentucky/Baylor and Kansas/Florida games are the clear headliners.

Calipari, Self, Sean Miller Considered Best Recruiters In College Basketball

John Calipari is unsurprisingly rated as the best head coach in college basketball when it comes to recruiting as he has built a pipeline to the NBA while at Kentucky.
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