Alabama Crimson Tide: DeVon Walker

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida signed wing prospect DeVon Walker (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven H.S.) on Friday, quickly filling the scholarship of Bradley Beal, who departs for the NBA.

"[Beal] had an amazing, amazing impact on the program and the team, so I wouldn't mind copying him," Walker said just after signing his letter of intent during a ceremony at his school.

As he assisted Beal in assessing his draft stock, UF coach Billy Donovan made a late push for Walker, a well-rounded swingman who averaged 23.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a senior.

"He came a little bit harder towards the end when it got closer to signing," Walker said. "Coach Donovan said Brad was in the process of deciding to go to the league. But before Brad had even decided, [Donovan] had already told me I had a scholarship and everything was good. So I don't really think it came down to Brad leaving."

Walker, who has grown to 6-foot-6 1/2, 187 pounds and can play shooting guard and small forward, was at one point committed to Central Florida. He chose the Gators over Alabama, Florida State and Connecticut.

"It came down to Alabama and Florida, and I really loved both programs," Walker said. "Coach [Anthony] Grant at Alabama, he has something special going on. I feel that their program is one of the best programs in the country, and Florida is also.

"My decision came down to just being closer to home and being able to have my family come to a lot of games, being comfortable at UF's campus, because I've been up there the most times."

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DeVon Walker closing in on decision 

March, 22, 2012
There’s a pretty good utility wingman still available and judging by the interest he’s receiving, there are a host of programs that will be excited to see if he signs his name on the dotted line this spring.

DeVon Walker (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) is prepping for the Florida vs. The Nation senior all-star game. Once that’s done, he’s got to see about the process of finalizing his decision.

“I’ve narrowed down my list,” Walker said. “I have maybe two more visits and I’ll decide where I’m going.”

Tide host basketball visitor 

February, 22, 2012
The Alabama football team hosted a large group of prospects for the Crimson Tide’s junior day on Feb. 18, but it was the UA basketball team that hosted the lone official visitor of the weekend, DeVon Walker.

Walker, a 6-foot-6, 188-pound wing player from Winter Haven, Fla., made the trip to Tuscaloosa and watched as Alabama defeated Tennessee, 62-50, in Coleman Coliseum.

“The visit went really well,” Walker said. “I enjoyed it. The atmosphere, the fans are die-hard fans at Alabama. I love the players I was with. I love the coaching staff. All in all, it was just a great visit.

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