Walker to return to UF


Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

A week after leaving Florida, sophomore swingman DeVon Walker had a change of heart.

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Florida guard DeVon Walker drives up the court past Missouri Tigers forward Stefan Jankovic during the second half on Jan. 19 at the O'Connell Center. After saying he would transfer last week, Walker is now back at UF.

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Walker is returning to UF for his sophomore season and has enrolled for classes in the summer A session, Florida announced Monday.

“The more I thought about it, I just realized this is where I want to be,” Walker said. “The coaching staff has helped me get better on and off the court over the past year and I really enjoy being around my teammates, so I'm excited to refocus on my future here in Gainesville.”

The 6-foot-6 Walker cited playing time as the reason for wanting to transfer last week. He played sparingly as a freshman, scoring 20 points with 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. Walker averaged just four minutes per game.

Walker said he went back-and-forth between deciding to transfer, which made Monday's announcement not as surprising. Florida coach Billy Donovan praised Walker's work ethic in practice throughout his freshman season and envisions a bright future for the guard/forward.

“We always encourage guys to do what they feel is best for their future, and we're glad that DeVon will be continuing with us here at Florida,” coach Billy Donovan said.

Walker isn't the first player or coach to change his mind about leaving the Florida basketball program. In 2009, Alex Tyus decided to return to UF after announcing he was transferring at the end of his sophomore season. And in 2007, Donovan returned to coach at UF after a six-day stint with the Orlando Magic.

With Walker's return, Florida has 12 of 13 scholarship spots filled for the 2013-14 season.

In other transfer news, former Florida point guard Braxton Ogbueze has enrolled to play in his hometown at UNC Charlotte.

Contact Kevin Brockway at 352-374-5054 or brockwk@gvillesun.com. Also check out Brockway's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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