Florida Gators freshman Chris Walker has been cleared to play by the NCAA and will make his collegiate debut against Missouri on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-11 Walker was ranked the 12th best player in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, but has sat the last 12 games while the NCAA has investigated his amateur status. Per ESPN...
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The NCAA said in a statement that Walker received preferential treatment from five people -- including two agents. Walker will be required to donate the $270 he received from the agents to a charity, and will also serve 80 hours of community service for the remaining benefits received.
The NCAA also found that Walker, while a prospect, received free cell phones and service, airfare, lodging, meals and apparel. Individuals close to Walker received free airfare and lodging for nine trips -- including eight associated with AAU competitions.