UF’s Walker has torn ACL, will miss 2014-2015 campaign

Published on Sunday, 7/20/14, at 7:59 p.m. Eastern.

By Brian Edwards

Florida wing DeVon Walker is expected to miss the 2014-2015 season after suffering a torn ACL. Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports was the first to report the news on Saturday afternoon.

Walker, a rising junior, will most likely take a medical redshirt that will give him two remaining years beginning in 2015-2016. As a true sophomore on UF’s Final Four team this past year, Walker was a better-than-adequate defender who improved his 3-point shooting late in the regular season.

The Winter Haven native averaged 2.4 points per game in 35 contests. Walker was fourth on the Gators with 13 blocked shots thanks to his length. This isn’t a monster loss for Billy Donovan’s team, but there’s no doubt the team’s depth will be impacted and Walker’s defensive versatility will be missed.

In other college hoops news…

–Check out this picture (below) of Florida center Chris Walker, who recently posted this to his instagram account. Walker has clearly added plenty of muscle over the last 3-4 months.

With added muscle and more playing time, UF sophomore center Chris Walker appears poised for a breakout campaign in 2014-2015.

With added muscle, UF sophomore center Chris Walker appears poised for a breakout campaign in 2014-2015.

–Maryland’s Jake Layman, a rising junior who averaged 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds this past season, suffered a broken bone in his left (non-shooting) hand earlier this month. The injury will keep him off the court for a 4-6 week span.

–It has been a rough week for Larry Brown’s SMU program. First, incoming freshman¬†Emmanuel Mudiay announced that he’s going to play overseas this season. Mudiay was considered the nation’s top point guard in the 2014 class. And now the Mustangs got news over the weekend that 2015 four-star commit Matt McQuaid is re-opening his recruitment. Many think of McQuaid as the best pure shooter in the 2015 class.¬†

–Following his second arrest in a three-week span, Iowa has suspended Peter Jok indefinitely from team activities. Jok (4.4 PPG) scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field in a First Four loss to Tennessee. He is a rising sophomore.

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