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Florida guard DeVon Walker has torn ACL, will miss 2014-15 season

The Gators' likely best perimeter defender has suffered a serious injury.

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Florida's DeVon Walker suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2014-15 season, according to a report by CBS Sports's Jeff Borzello:

Florida spokesman Denver Parler confirmed on Monday that Walker tore his ACL on Friday, July 18.

Walker played in 35 games for Florida in 2013-14, making seven starts. Despite averaging just 12.1 minutes per contest, he was fourth on the team in blocks, with 13, and in three-pointers, with 19. And though he missed his last six threes of the season, Walker went 8-for-14 from distance over one five-game stretch, showing potential as a corner three specialist.

Walker was expected to be a key rotation piece for Florida in 2014-15, likely backing up Michael Frazier II at shooting guard and vying for sixth man minutes, and he was arguably Florida's best defender for larger wings last season; another year of strength training and conditioning might only have helped in that regard.

A eight-month recovery from a torn ACL, which would be aggressive, would only get Walker back to the court by March. If Walker is sidelined for the whole year, which would be more likely, it's a good bet that similarly spindly freshman Devin Robinson will get extensive time at small forward, and that Eli Carter and/or Brandone Francis — still not at Florida, though he should be fine to enroll by the beginning of the school year — and/or Dillon Graham will be playing many of the minutes that would have been tabbed for Walker off the bench.