Florida’s Hill enrolling in summer school
by David Jones, USA TODAY Sports
Florida apparently has won the battle with one of its prize basketball recruits while another continues to work towards academic eligibility.
Point guard recruit Kasey Hill will enroll in classes for the second summer semester and has apparently answered academic issues that made his eligibility questionable. That’s a huge addition with incumbent point guard Scottie Wilbekin suspended indefinitely and likely facing an early-season suspension for unspecified issues.
Forward Chris Walker, however, still has work to do according to UF assistant Matt McCall. He took head coach Billy Donovan’s spot in the Southeastern Conference’s summer teleconference for media with Donovan in Prague with the U.S. under-19 team in the world championships.
“He has orientation starting (Tuesday),” McCall said of Hill on Monday. “Chris is still working towards some different things academically and I think the biggest thing, everything has to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse, so we should have some more information later on in the summer. But right now he’s continuing to work. The one thing I will say about Chris, he’s committed to the process. He has really done an unbelievable job.”
UF lost senior guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario. Wilbekin’s status remains in question. UF has several options, but Hill’s eligibility is a huge help for the Gators, who have reached the Elite Eight three consecutive seasons.
The 6-0 Hill averaged 13 points and 5.6 assists as a senior in 2012-13 at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Walker, 6-10, is from Holmes County High in Bonifay, Fla. Both players were McDonald’s All-Americans this past season.
David Jones also writes for Florida Today.