Florida’s Hill, Walker fail to make sophomore strides

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Kasey Hill and Chris Walker arrived at Florida as McDonald’s All-Americans, can’t-miss prospects, the next big-time players for coach Billy Donovan.

Saying they have fallen short of expectations would be an understatement.

Hill, a 6-foot-1 guard from Umatilla, and Walker, a 6-10 center from Bonifay, have been two of the top contributors to Florida’s struggles this season.

Hill has been wildly inconsistent, looking like one of the Southeastern Conference’s top point guards for a game or two and then playing like someone who has no idea what to do with the ball.

Walker has been considerably worse, averaging 2.9 points and 4.0 rebounds over the last eight games. He has stamina issues, provides little, if any, low-post presence and is shooting 37 percent from the free-throw line.