(Andrew Johnson/ Panama City News-Herald)
The five-star power forward from Florida was a long-time favorite to land at Kentucky. He had the love for the program all along and talked regularly about wanting to play for John Calipari. He waited for a scholarship… and waited… and waited some more. Unfortunately for him, there was no mutual love from Kentucky, because the offer never came. He committed to the Florida Gators in late July, leaving Kentucky and Calipari with “only” six of the top-ten recruits for 2013 as targets. Darn it.
There was speculation during his recruitment that attitude problems were a possible red flag. After Walker gave his word to Billy Donovan his true colors may have finally come to light, confirming what we all thought. Walker wasted no time in talking the talk, promising a Championship for Florida fans the day he committed. He couldn’t wait let everyone know he wants a shot at the Cats, and now he’s got plenty of self-praise for everyone to apparently be wowed by.
In a story for The Gainesville Sun, Walker made it clear he wants all eyes on him and his future as a star, “NBA draft people have said I’m like a sick mix of Kevin Garnett and Perry Jones III.”
There is no lack of confidence for Walker either, “Me now, I’m a high motor for my team,” he said. “I can lead a team now. With my skill set, I can play outside or inside, I can post up. I can defend and guard [all five positions], and that’s because of the athleticism I have.”
That’s a lot of “me, me, me,” isn’t it? Not exactly what the prototypical Calipari player sounds like.
But he wasn’t done. Walker had even more for us to be impressed by, “I can shoot threes now,” Walker explained. “I can finesse you. I can dunk on you. I can guard anything, and I’m rebounding better. When I block shots I catch the ball. I can post you up with my back to the basket and hit you with a post move. Or I can face you up and use my quickness to blow by you.”
“I’m my own guy,” he said. “People ask me who I play like. I tell them ‘Chris Walker.’”
My head hurts from all that talk. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we hear from Mr. Walker, either. So congratulations Chris on all that awesome praise you have for yourself – I’m sure that makes you a really good basketball player. You’ll have a lot of fun down in Florida, too. We’ll see you in Rupp Arena soon enough. Good luck!