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SkyWalker Set Free (Official Confirmation)

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Mark LongVerified account@APMarkLong 10h

Gators coach Billy Donovan on F Chris "Sky" Walker, who is expected to be cleared this week: "I'm going to play him."

8:36 AM - 27 Jan 2014

Mark Long@APMarkLong 9h

Anything can happen when the NCAA is involved, but yes, all indications are Gators F Chris Walker will be cleared this week

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8:46 AM - 27 Jan 2014 · Details

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Donovan didn't give that response with respect to the "news" that Walker would be cleared.

It was just his usual response to the weekly Chris Walker questions.

"When he's cleared, I will play him. I usually wouldn't play a freshman in that situation."

-Donovan

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Donovan didn't give that response with respect to the "news" that Walker would be cleared.

It was just his usual response to the weekly Chris Walker questions.

"When he's cleared, I will play him. I usually wouldn't play a freshman in that situation."

-Donovan

That may be, but the 2nd tweet is rather straightforward, and Mark Long is pretty connected with UF and not prone to exaggeration.

Goldkamp seems to put a lot of faith in Long's sources and connections, and he's encouraged.

If it doesn't happen as expected this week I guess I'll just have to bump it at a later date.

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That may be, but the 2nd tweet is rather straightforward, and Mark Long is pretty connected with UF and not prone to exaggeration.

Goldkamp seems to put a lot of faith in Long's sources and connections, and he's encouraged.

If it doesn't happen as expected this week I guess I'll just have to bump it at a later date.

Oh, I totally understand and really do hope it is true.

But there were people freaking out on another board because they thought Donovan gave a veiled response that HE knew Walker would be cleared.

Mark Long didn't tweet that until AFTER the conference was over.

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Oh, I totally understand and really do hope it is true.

But there were people freaking out on another board because they thought Donovan gave a veiled response that HE knew Walker would be cleared.

Mark Long didn't tweet that until AFTER the conference was over.

Yeah, Long could have worded that better. Basically, Long is saying Walker is expected to be cleared this week; and Donovan is saying when that happens he won't be redshirting Walker but playing him immediately.

I sure am glad Walker has been practicing all this time, so he's not behind the 8-ball when he gets his shot... diminishes the adverse effects of the delay a little bit.

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I'm just annoyed that it's been taking this long.

At least we've won all the game he would have played in anyway.

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Just because the NCAA clears him doesn't mean he should play him. D Rose was cleared too...

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Just because the NCAA clears him doesn't mean he should play him. D Rose was cleared too...

Donovan isn't Cal though.

:trollface:

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For the umpteenth time, Kenny SkyWalker played here in the 80s. If y'all get a Randall Jordan are you going to call him Air Jordan?

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For the umpteenth time, Kenny SkyWalker played here in the 80s. If y'all get a Randall Jordan are you going to call him Air Jordan?

their skywalker didn't become a jedi. their skywalker is the one that got burned alive by imperial troopers.

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What are you guys expecting from him?

Not much right away; but it'll be nice that Pat has a backup so he can be a little more aggressive.

I'm hoping he'll bring some bona fide shot-blocking, too.

He must be a legit 6'10" or taller because somebody posted on another site the other day that he was on a bus in Gainesville when Walker walked up the stairs and got on, and he had to duck/crouch to stand on the bus. :lol:

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link went tooo xhamster....

Just click on continue to site; it goes to NCAA.org.

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What are you guys expecting from him?

Just to play limited minutes off the bench as a backup for Will and Pat and to not look like a jackass on defense. Anything beyond that is just icing on the cake

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Honestly, I don't think this situation could've worked out better for UF.

If he'd been cleared right away and played all year, he probably would've gone pro after this year, and UF wouldn't have gotten as polished and refined a player.

This way, he's been practicing and playing scout team against our starters all this time, and will get some SEC and tourney experience before next season; and apparently he and BD have already discussed those options and he has concluded that he'll be coming back for a full season next year.

Additionally, with Harris coming back into the fold, what looked like some future front-court concerns for next season have now turned into some optimism for that group.

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If he'd been cleared right away and played all year, he probably would've gone pro after this year, and UF wouldn't have gotten as polished and refined a player.

This way, he's been practicing and playing scout team against our starters all this time, and will get some SEC and tourney experience before next season; and apparently he and BD have already discussed those options and he has concluded that he'll be coming back for a full season next year.

I hope this happens for you guys. These frosh can be super fickle tho. If he hears that he's a projected first rounder he might jump at the opportunity.

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I hope this happens for you guys. These frosh can be super fickle tho. If he hears that he's a projected first rounder he might jump at the opportunity.

Me too. Most of our players buy into the notion that Billy can make them more NBA ready and they'll need less preparation and development once in the league, and Billy certainly has ample examples to back that up, especially with forwards and centers.

I think Walker is also intrigued with the idea of again playing with a pretty stout group next year as a starter.

He'd likely be playing with Demontre Harris (who's looking to come back strong), Doe-Doe (who should stay for his senior year), Hill (his AAU teammate), Eli Carter, Frazier, Alex Murphy (Erik's brother), and incoming freshmen 5* Robinson, 5* Francis, and 4* Chiozza... that's another pretty strong team to get excited about.

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For the umpteenth time, Kenny SkyWalker played here in the 80s. If y'all get a Randall Jordan are you going to call him Air Jordan?

Who?

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Who?

:lol: I think he's suggesting that Kenny Walker is/was as well known as Michael Jordan, and therefore a nickname that's been used at some point in the past is off limits.

Personally, I think 30 years since a player was in the SEC is plenty of time gone by to recycle a nickname, especially since the guy didn't carry the name on for very long in the NBA.

Unlike Jordan, who is the greatest ever, marketed his nickname for the most successful shoe line in history, and carried his nickname in the league for 15 years, Kenny Walker was done 5 years after entering the league.

Unless you're an avid basketball fan or a UK fan, you may not have ever even heard of him. I recall hearing his name, but not from when he was playing; I remember watching an old special on the history of the slam dunk contest several years ago, and he was mentioned in that.

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:lol: I think he's suggesting that Kenny Walker is/was as well known as Michael Jordan, and therefore a nickname that's been used at some point in the past is off limits.

Personally, I think 30 years since a player was in the SEC is plenty of time gone by to recycle a nickname, especially since the guy didn't carry the name on for very long in the NBA.

Unlike Jordan, who is the greatest ever, marketed his nickname for the most successful shoe line in history, and carried his nickname in the league for 15 years, Kenny Walker was done 5 years after entering the league.

Unless you're an avid basketball fan or a UK fan, you may not have ever even heard of him. I recall hearing his name, but not from when he was playing; I remember watching an old special on the history of the slam dunk contest several years ago, and he was mentioned in that.

30 years ago would have made me 26.I guess I was more busy killing brain cells than studying Kentucky basketball...ha.

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