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Florida adds guard DeVon Walker; what does this mean for Anthony Bennett?

Apr 12, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

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Florida made another move on the recruiting market on Thursday, as they received a commitment from 6-6 guard DeVon Walker according to Solange Reyner of the Lakeland Ledger.

The Winter Haven, Florida product helped lead his high school to the Class 6A semifinals, and he has experience at both the point and shooting guard slots.

But the commitment of Walker, who is expected to sign his Letter of Intent on Friday, means that Florida is back to 13 scholarships used for the 2012-13 season.

That’s the full allotment, and a big deal given the fact that forward Anthony Bennett is still on the board. In addition to the Gators the Brampton, Ontario product is considering Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV and Washington.

Bennett, who played his high school basketball at Findlay Prep, isn’t expected to decided until he completes his five official visits so that does give Billy Donovan and his staff some time to figure things out.

From a position standpoint obviously Walker’s commitment won’t have much to do with Bennett, but the scholarship count likely means that if Florida lands Bennett there’s more juggling to be done.

Walter Pitchford’s already decided to move on but that was before Walker made his decision. Does another player make way to free up a scholarship for Bennett?

Or will one of the remaining players become a glorified walk-on as Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith did at Louisville this past season?

Clearly you make room for a talent like Bennett should he decide to commit to your school.

The only question for Florida at this point is how they go about doing so should he want to become a Gator.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    I think Kentucky is the choice

  2. evandagator - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Sorry, but you’re wrong. The leaving of Beal freed up another scholarship. The last spot is still available for Bennett.

    • Raphielle Johnson - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      • evandagator - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        I don’t understand what your point is. Your other article plainly states that 13 scholarships were used when Walker commited (Thursday, though not officially until Friday). Then, when Beal decided, there was 12 remaining. (Meaning there’s 1 left).

      • evandagator - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Nevermind I get your point now. You wrote this earlier than I thought.

      • evandagator - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Sorry for that.

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