Walker getting ready


Wearing a New York Yankees cap, Florida sophomore point guard Erving Walker and teammate Vernon Macklin took in Florida’s baseball regional win over Miami at McKethan Stadium.

With Nick Calathes off to a pro contract in Greece, Walker will take on an expanded role with the Gators next season. He’s currently the only scholarship point guard on the roster, but spent much of his time playing off the ball with Calathes last season.

“I’ve just been working on my conditioning more, playing a lot, trying to get ready for next season,” Walker said.

Mostly a sixth man last season, Walker averaged 24.1 minutes per game.

Asked if he felt like the team needed another point guard to take some pressure off him, Walker responded: “I think we can work with what we have.”

Walker said he’s also looking forward to having the 6-foot-10 Macklin on the floor next season. Macklin, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out last season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules.

“I think you’re going to see us work the ball inside more next season, play more inside-and-out,” Walker said.