Gators Basketball: Florida's Erving Walker Is a Top 10 in the Making

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IFebruary 5, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 18:  Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators attempts a shot against the BYU Cougars during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men�s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Erving Walker never ceases to amaze me when I turn to one of his games and it is a wonder why more people have not taken notice of the junior from University of Florida. Maybe it is because he does not put up beautifully scripted numbers like Jimmer Fredette or Kemba Walker. Maybe it is because he is only 5’8 and sometimes gets lost in the 6’0 or taller pool of players joining him on the court. Well, now is your opportunity to actually pay attention to one of SEC’s finest.

At the top of their conference with a one-game lead over Scotty Hopson and the Tennessee Volunteers, the Gators may not be ranked exceptionally high in any of the major categories such as points, rebounds or assists per game, but they do find a way to win consistently. This season they have held their opponents to an average of 60.1 points per game while scoring 72.6 points per game. Walker is a huge reason for this.

He has only had four games where he has scored fewer than 10 points and his field goal percentage is one of the most consistent of even the most elite of the NCAA. He has been thrust into the spotlight a little more because of his infamous buzzer beaters from such a great distance and his perfect form when shooting from the top of the key.

He still needs to work on his ball control against defenses like Ohio State and Xavier, games where his turnover numbers were the highest  and his rebounds were low, but he is well on his way to being at the top of his class and rightfully so.