Florida Freshman Chris Walker Will Make Debut Vs. Missouri


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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The third-ranked Florida Gators should be getting even better.

ESPN.com’s 12th-ranked player in the class of 2013, Chris Walker, has been declared eligible to play by the NCAA and will make his college debut Tuesday versus Missouri.

The 6-foot-11 Walker has been investigated by the NCAA to determine his eligibility.

The NCAA said in a statement it found Walker received benefits from five people, including $270 from two agents. Walker will have to pay back the money he received from the agents to a charity and serve 80 hours of community service as restitution.

“We’re glad there’s a resolution for everyone involved, especially for Chris,” Gators head coach Billy Donovan said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s participation in this process and are ready to move forward.”

Florida (17-2, 6-0, SEC) adds Walker to its stable of big men that includes Patric Young (10.6 points per game) and Will Yeguete (5.2 rebounds per game).

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