Torn ACL sidelines DeVon Walker for season
Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 6:37 p.m.
Florida had big plans for rising junior forward DeVon Walker heading into the 2014-15 season.
But those plans were dashed when UF confirmed Saturday that Walker is out for the year with a torn ACL.
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Walker emerged as an important role player during UF’s Final Four run in 2013-14, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12 minutes per game as a sophomore. The Winter Haven native also was one of UF’s better returning perimeter defenders and likely would have competed for the starting small forward job this season.
Walker, who made seven starts this season, will likely seek a medical redshirt, which would give him two years of eligibility left beginning in 2015-16.
Despite Walker’s absence, Florida will still have plenty of competition at the wing positions heading into 2014-15. Returning redshirt junior Dorian Finney-Smith could slide down to the small forward spot. Incoming freshman Devin Robinson and Duke transfer Alex Murphy also will compete at small forward, or Florida could play three guards in the starting lineup if guards Eli Carter (foot) and Dillon Graham (hip) can return to form after medical redshirt seasons.
Murphy, the younger brother of former Florida forward Erik Murphy, currently is not eligible to play until mid-December per NCAA transfer rules.