Chris Walker (basketball, born 1994)

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Chris Walker
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Rilski Sportist
PositionForward
Personal information
Born (1994-12-22) December 22, 1994 (age 25)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolHolmes County (Bonifay, Florida)
CollegeFlorida (2013–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2018Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2018Huellas del Siglo
2018Leones de Ponce
2018–2019Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2020–presentRilski Sportist Samokov
Career highlights and awards

Chris Walker (born December 22, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Rilski Sportist Samokov of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for the Florida Gators.

High school career[edit]

Walker attended Holmes County High School, which he led as a senior to a 1A state championship and a 20-8 record, tallying 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in the title game. He also started in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, having 14 points and seven rebounds and earned McDonald's All-American honors.[1]

College career[edit]

Having offers from Florida State, Baylor, Connecticut, Kansas, and Ohio State, Walker chose to play for the University of Florida,[2] but due to his inability to academically qualify, he didn't enroll until December 2013. When he finally joined the Gators, he missed 10 more games while the NCAA investigated allegations that he had received improper benefits in high school, and an additional two when it was determined he had.[3] In two seasons with the Gators, he averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 49 career appearances, including six starts.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2015–2018)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Walker joined the Houston Rockets for the Las Vegas Summer League.[4] On September 21, 2015, he signed with the Rockets,[5][6] only to be waived by the team on October 23 after appearing in three preseason games.[7]

On November 2, Walker was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Rockets.[8]

Huellas del Siglo / Leones de Ponce (2018)[edit]

In April 2018, Walker signed with Huellas del Siglo of the Dominican Torneo de Baloncesto Superior, making his debut on April 17 in an 81–78 win over San Carlos.[9]

On April 28, Walker signed with Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[10][11]

Second Stint with Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2018–2019)[edit]

Walker rejoined the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the 2018–19 season.[12]

Rilski Sportist Samokov (2020–present)[edit]

On January 17, 2020, it was reported that Rilski Sportist Samokov had signed Walker.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Walker grew up in Bonifay, Florida He was raised by his Great Grandmother and Uncle, along with his two brothers. She died in 2009 when he was 14, and a family friend, Jeneen Campbell, became his guardian.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Florida bio". GatorZone.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Chris Walker – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Gator Bait: Florida's Chris Walker has all the tools -- but questions, too". SI.com. January 16, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 Summer League Team Overview". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Rossman, Scott (September 21, 2015). "Chris Walker Gets NBA Opportunity With The Rockets". WJHG.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Official: Rockets have signed..." Twitter. September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rockets announced today that the team has..." Twitter. October 23, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "RGV VIPERS ANNOUNCE 2015-16 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Regular Season Round 7: San Carlos - Huellas del Siglo 78-81". Eurobasket.com. April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Walker es el segundo importado de los Leones". bsnpr.com (in Spanish). Baloncesto Superior Nacional. April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Chris Walker signs with Leones de Ponce". Sportando.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rio Grande Valley Vipers Finalize Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rilski lands Chris Walker, ex Yalova Bld". eurobasket.comaccessdate=January 17, 2020. January 17, 2020.

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