GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No contact. Just a routine summer individual instruction workout. And just like that, the Florida basketball team was down a key man for the 2014-15 season.
Swingman DeVon Walker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week and will undergo reconstructive surgery later this summer that will put him out for the year.
All Walker did was plant his foot to make a cut and the knee buckled. At first, the health staff thought it was a hyper-extension, but the swelling was bad enough for an MRI. The tests revealed the worst.
''DeVon had two years under his belt. He was really finding out who he was as a player and looking good at workouts,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. ''I feel terrible for him because he had worked so hard to get himself to this point.''
Walker, a junior from Winter Haven, Fla., averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 35 games last season, but he was in line for a bigger role this fall as ...