Erving Walker may not have suited up for the University of Florida in over a year, but he can still be found around the program if fans know where to look. It’s not hard, just find a record book. Walker finished his collegiate career as Florida’s record holder in assists. He’s also tied for second with former teammate and graduating senior Kenny Boynton for most games played in a Gators uniform, and he’s fifth on the all-time scoring list.
Looking back at his collegiate career, Walker fondly remembers his years as a Gator.
“My experience at Florida was great. It was the best four years of my life,” Walker said. “I learned so much about basketball, and off the court became a better man, learning to live life away from my parents.”
Walker spent those four years learning from Florida’s coach Billy Donovan. During that time, Donovan was able to do more than just raise Walker’s basketball IQ, he coached him in life skills as well.
“He prepared me in so many ways, on and off the court, and with basketball, he helped me how to use pick & rolls and little things,” Walker said. “He deftly matured my game and slowed me down, which helped me a lot for over there [overseas].”
Despite being a year removed from sporting the orange and blue, Walker stays in contact with his former teammates. Having already been through the process of graduating and trying to catch on with an NBA team, Walker offered words of advice for seniors and close friends Mike Rosario, Kenny Boynton and Eric Murphy.
“Just be themselves, be the players that they are and don’t try to change,” Walker said. “The scouts already know what you can do, and who you are. Just do what you do better, and continue to work hard.”
After finishing his career as a Gator, Walker signed a contract to play for the Italian basketball club Society Veroli Basket. Walker isn’t the only Gator across the pond in Europe. Former teammate Alex Tyus also plays in Italy for Pallacaestro Cantu.
Walker also offers some guidance to the younger players. He reminds them that time flies by, and also to take advantage of the opportunities that Florida offers.
“Enjoy it while you’re here. When I was a freshman, time just flew by,” Walker said. “I still miss college from time to time. Sometimes you may hate it when you have workouts, but it’s much better than real life responsibilities.”
As for what the future has in store, Walker is planning on continuing his hard work. He still has hopes in pursuing a career in the NBA. With his successful collegiate career and his diligence to better himself, Walker continues to stand tall and give all he’s got to achieve his dreams.