During the SEC basketball teleconference today, Florida assistant basketball coach Matt McCall filled in for Gators head coach Billy Donovan, who is off coaching the USA U-19 team at the World Championships in Prague.
McCall was asked about the status of incoming freshmen Chris Walker and Kasey Hill. Walker is a 6-foot-10 forward from Bonifay, Fla., who was rated the No. 6 player nationally for the class of 2013 by Rivals. Hill was rated the No. 10 player in the class of 2013 by Rivals. Hill is a 6-1 point guard out of Clermont, Fla., whose status is important considering returning point guard starter Scottie Wilbekin is currently on indefinite suspension.
“Kasey Hill will be enrolled in classes (next week),” McCall said. “He has orientation starting tomorrow. Chris is still working toward some things academically. I think the biggest thing (is) everything has to go through the NCAA clearing house. So we should have some more information later on in the summer. But right now he’s continuing to work. The one thing I will say about Chris is he’s committed to the process. He has really done an unbelievable job. He’s continuing to work hard and we should know more later on in the summer.”
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports does a good job of getting to the bottom of what Walker has had to overcome. Parrish reports that Walker’s father has been all but non-existent and that his mother abandoned him years ago. Because he wanted to be loyal to the person who has raised him, Walker stayed at a small, public Florida school.
“With all due respect to Holmes County High, the school doesn’t have much experience in dealing with prospective student-athletes like Walker,” Parrish writes. “Consequently, he wasn’t enrolled early in all of the classes that a sure-bet future Division I recruit should be enrolled in, which has forced Walker to play catchup for the past 18 months. There was some speculation that he might be able to complete his core courses online by the end of this month. But a source told CBSSports.com that it’s unlikely that will happen and that this academic situation will probably linger well into July and perhaps into August, meaning it would be unwise to expect a resolution, one way or another, any time soon.”