2013 Basketball Recruiting: Chris Walker Has Confidence, A Lot Of It; And We Like It

I’ve always found it humorous when people complain about athletes being cocky. To play at a high level, you must have a certain amount of confidence. Whether that’s “cocky” or not doesn’t really bother me. Future Florida Gators basketball player Chris Walker has confidence, a lot of it.

When Walker committed to play for Billy Donovan at Florida, he guaranteed a national championship would be coming to Gainesville. Now, Walker is hinting (and it may not be a hint, it may be an outright declaration) that he will enter the NBA Draft after only one season with the Gators.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Florida fans. We may hate the one-and-done rule for selfish reasons, but it happens and with a player of Walker’s caliber, it’s sometimes almost a guarantee.

That’s a guarantee Walker can fulfill on his own. The national championship is one he’ll need help with. The Gators are bringing in plenty of talent around Walker, including classmate Kasey Hill, but you don’t win championships with potential. We’ll take Walker’s championship guarantee and enjoy his confidence, even if it will only be for one season.

2012 Basketball Recruiting Report: Braxton Ogbueze – Point Guard – Charlotte, NC

In a year the Florida Gators were to lose their starting point guard Erving Walker to graduation, Billy Donovan picked up his top commit of the 2012 recruiting cycle in United Faith Christian Academy point guard Braxton Ogbueze. A solid athlete, Ogbueze looks to step into immediate playing time at Florida and share point guard duties with junior Scottie Wilbekin.

The Rundown

Name: Braxton Ogbueze
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: United Faith Christian Academy
Class: 2012
Rankings: 247Sports – 4 stars, No. 6 PG, No. 52 Overall | ESPN – 4 stars, No. 7 PG, No. 50 Overall | Scout – 4 stars, No. 5 PG | Rivals – 4 stars, No. 14 PG, No. 78 Overall
Status: Committed to Florida

The Report

After considering Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wake Forest, the Charlotte guard Braxton Ogbueze narrowed his recruitment down to the Gators and the Bears, though he would eventually commit to Florida. His official commitment would come following a Gators’ win over Alabama. Ogbueze was then the second player to join the 2012 recruiting class.

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2013 Basketball Recruiting: Chris Walker Commits To The Florida Gators

The Florida Gators received big news on Sunday morning when 2013 power forward Chris Walker committed. Although not surprising (many believed it was only a matter of time), Walker is widely considered one of the nation’s top upcoming seniors and his commitment is big. Prior to Sunday, the Gators 2013 class was made up of exactly one commit – Kasey Hill.

“In Indianapolis when I saw the way me and (Hill) played, I saw the bigger picture with us possibly competing for a national title.” – Chris Walker, 2013 Power Forward

Walker has developed a chemistry with Hill on their AAU team – Florida Elite – and doesn’t want that to end. The pair hope to do big things for the Gators once they arrive.

Before and after Walker pulled the trigger, the highest ranked committed player in the 2013 class belonged to Florida. The Gators now how the only two committed prospects in the top seven – Walker is No. 6 and Hill is No. 7. This gives Florida an edge at the top of the team rankings and also gives Billy Donovan the big man he’s been looking for. Walker becomes the first player taller than 6’6″ to commit to the Gators since the 2010 class.

No surprise here, but good news all around. Walker is a more than welcome addition and one that will do big things for Florida in the future.

Florida Gators Video Of The Day: Kasey Hill’s 46-Point Game

The Gators Video of the Day (GVOD) features, you guessed it, videos relating to the Florida Gators. They could be Gators athletes or homemade videos made by fans like ourselves. If you have any suggestions for GVOD, email me at evandagator@gmail.com or TBG at onegameback@gmail.com. We will try our best to live up to the “of the day” part of the title.

Kasey Hill impressed us again. The 2013 recruit led the Florida Elite in the Adidas Invitational, and they eventually won the championship. Among other things, Hill’s scoring was as great as ever as he wowed scouts and even Billy Donovan in Indianapolis. Below are portions of Kasey Hill’s 46 point game in the semifinal. Thanks to HomeTeamHoops for the video.

As the No. 7 recruit in the nation, Hill has gotten plenty of attention. Sports Illustrated dubbed him as the best player at the Invitational.

Also on the Elite is Gators target and five-star forward Chris Walker. Gators coaches will hope the AAU bond that Walker and Hill share will help Walker’s chances of landing at Florida.

Basketball Assistant Coach Matt McCall Gets Raise; Florida Gators Assistant Salaries

Florida Gators basketball assistant coach Matt McCall is no longer the lowest paid member of the staff. McCall received a $40,000 raise, taking his salary to $140,000 for the 2012-12 season. The much deserved raise can be attributed to a number of things, but one that will continue to be brought up is recruiting. McCall had a hand in bringing is Dillion Graham and DeVon Walker and was a huge piece of the puzzle that will bring Kasey Hill to Florida.

McCall is the number three man on the staff and his salary now reflects that. Former Arkansas head coach and Florida assistant John Pelphrey will make exactly what he made last season – $180,000. The newcomer – Rashon Burno – will take home $120,000. All three receive $10,000 from Nike.

Florida Gators Video Of The Day: Gators Need A Big Man – Chris Walker?

It’s the summer break. While that doesn’t mean much besides warmer air and more annoying kids outside for all of you year-long workers, summer means more free time for students. We hope that you will be spending more time reading The Bull Gator, as I will be spending more time posting at it. That means it’s time for a new series at TBG. The Gators Video of the Day (GVOD for short) will feature, you guessed it, videos relating to the Florida Gators. They could be Gators athletes or homemade videos made by fans like ourselves. And if you have any suggestions for GVOD, email me at evandagator@gmail.com or TBG at onegameback@gmail.com. We will try our best to live up to the “of the day” part of the title.

Yesterday, a couple of you wondered if the basketball team was going to get any big men to accompany the lone commit, Kasey Hill, or if Florida was going to have to go to an all-guard lineup. Well, wonder no longer. Florida is in contention for, and some believe in the lead for (although that didn’t mean much for Anthony Bennett’s recruitment), Chris Walker, the forward out of Holmes County High School. His recruitment will likely come down to Kansas and the Gators. Hill remains a large factor in Walker’s recruitment, as the two play on the same AAU team.

With his 6’10”, 195 lbs. size, Walker looks to have room to fill out his lean frame. Like Hill, Walker is also a 2013 prospect and is ranked as the No. 6 overall recruit on Rivals and is No. 7 on ESPN. Here are some of Walker’s highlights from his junior season. Thanks again to HomeTeamHoops.

It’s safe to say that we could use this guy. He may not be Nerlens Noel or Anthony Davis, but this guy can block some shots and add an inside presence.

What do you think about Walker? Is Florida desperate for him or would he just be a nice perk? How well would a Hill-Walker tandem work?

Florida Gators Video Of The Day: Kasey Hill Is Going To Be One Heck Of A Point Guard

It’s the summer break. While that doesn’t mean much besides warmer air and more annoying kids outside for all of you year-long workers, summer means more free time for students. We hope that you will be spending more time reading The Bull Gator, as I will be spending more time posting at it. That means it’s time for a new series at TBG. The Gators Video of the Day (GVOD for short) will feature, you guessed it, videos relating to the Florida Gators. They could be Gators athletes or homemade videos made by fans like ourselves. And if you have any suggestions for GVOD, email me at evandagator@gmail.com or TBG at onegameback@gmail.com. We will try our best to live up to the “of the day” part of the title.

I know it’s a little early to be getting hyped up for the 2013-14 basketball season, but we’re going to anyway. If you didn’t already know, back in December, Billy Donovan received a commitment from possibly the top point guard in the 2013 recruiting cycle, Kasey Hill. Hill, who will be entering his senior season at Montverde Academy, is ranked as the No. 6 overall recruit on ESPN and is No. 8 on Rivals.

So why should you get pumped up about Hill? If the national rankings aren’t enough for you folks, here are Hill’s highlights from his junior season, compiled by HomeTeamHoops.

This guy’s going to be something.

Do you buy the hype of Hill? Will he be better than Brad Beal? Any John Wall comparisons?