As mentioned in our Game Thread, Texas Southern is short. There isn't a single Tiger as tall as Florida's Chris Walker, and that was an issue in the Tigers' 75-50 loss on Friday night.
But Walker jumping into the sky and throwing down oops like thunderclaps was a bigger one.
First, Walker threw down on an oop from Kasey Hill — his longtime AAU teammate — early in the second half.
Kasey Hill hits Chris Walker with the alley-oop like it's AAU ball again #Gators https://t.co/su9Z70iTDx— Nikko Tan (@TheNikkoTan) December 13, 2014
#Gators PG Kasey Hill with the quick dribble, alley-oop to F Chris Walker - https://t.co/ckxIh9vWAl— OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) December 13, 2014
Then, with just seconds to go, both in the game and on the shot clock, walk-on Lexx Edwards threw up a prayer — one that Walker answered, practically from the heavens.
CHRIS WALKER #SCtop10 https://t.co/cVApUxnYhR— Sean Zawodny (@sean_zawodny) December 13, 2014
Lexx Edwards to Chris Walker with the SOUTHPAW JAM #Gators https://t.co/mvltcvOica— Nikko Tan (@TheNikkoTan) December 13, 2014
And the latter made for a fantastic photo:
Chris Walker throws down a dunk to end the @GatorZoneMBK game vs. Texas Southern. #ItsGreatUF #Gators #UF pic.twitter.com/YKArlLmyox— Ryan Jones (@kidandcamera) December 13, 2014
Walker started his night by doing damage on defense, too:
All told, Walker had 12 points, four blocks, and just two rebounds on a career-high 12 shots; he had eight points before the two dunks.
But Walker's slow, steady improvement as a basketball player isn't sexy. His ability to write with lightning while dropping thunder most certainly is.