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23 - Chris Walker

Florida 

  • Birthday: 12/22/94
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 210
  • Hometown: Bonifay, FL
  • High School: Holmes County
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Overall

84

2015

NBA Comparison: CJ Leslie

Strengths: Elite level athlete, especially at the college level ... He has got great length (7-1 wingspan) and can jump out of the gym ... Runs the floor well when he wants to and can finish extremely well on the fast break ... Shoots a high percentage due to most of his offensive attempts coming on alley-oops and put backs off of his teammate's penetration ... On the defensive end, he can block shots with the best of them but struggles containing his man on the block ... He's a good rebounder at 12.3 boards per 48 minutes ... Knows he's not a great shooter and resists floating out on the perimeter and taking those shots even though teams will give them to him a la Josh Smith .... Finishes fairly well at the rim considering how much weight he is giving up to bigger post players ... When his mind is in the right place and he's motivated, there aren't many guys that can match his athleticism in college ...

Weaknesses: Still extremely raw on both sides of the floor ... He's a skinny kid who needs to get in the weight room and put on 20+ pounds of muscle ... His lack of size leaves him as somewhat of a tweener when it comes to an overall position ... He's not strong enough yet to play the PF spot and lacks the lateral quickness and range to play SF ... Lack of strength and skill development brings up legitimate questions about his work ethic ... Outside of dunks and put backs, he lacks any real offensive game to this point ... He doesn't have a go-to post move and struggles when he has to make a power moves in the post ... He is a year and a half into his college career and hasn't even played a full season's worth of games due to suspensions and eligibility issues. Scouts question his motor as he has a tendency to take plays and games off. Very inconsistent as he could give you a 15-5-2 line one night and then come back with a 4-2-0 line the next night.

Overall: The NBA is all about upside and potential ... Based on his athletic ability he will always have scouts' eyes but he needs to take that next step forward in his development, particularly on the offensive end ... He's put in some work in the weight room at Florida and you can tell he's filling out ... He still leaves a lot to be desired when watching his offensive game ... He needs to develop some sort of mid-range game and at least one go-to post move before he can truly be considered a top level prospect again ... The biggest thing Walker has going for him at this point is time ... He still has 2+ years of eligibility left with the Gators and at this point he is going to need every bit of it ...

Notes: Measured 6'9 (in shoes) 206 lbs, with a 7'1.5 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy

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