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Last basketball commitment pushes Florida Gators' 2013 recruiting class to No. 1 in ESPN rankings

Chris Walker, a highly regarded 6-foot-10 power forward out of Bonifay Holmes County High, orally committed to Florida, following his travel-team point guard Kasey Hill and elevating the Gators' recruiting class for 2013 to No. 1 in ESPN's rankings.

Walker, the No. 7 senior in the 2013 class as ranked by ESPN, chose UF over Louisville and Kansas. Hill, from Montverde Academy and ranked the No. 6 senior, played with Walker on the Florida Elite team, which won the Adidas Invitational earlier this month in Indianapolis.

"In Indianapolis when I saw the way me and (Hill) played, I saw the bigger picture with us possibly competing for a national title," Walker told

Florida Elite included some players from the Florida Rams, which had to switch sponsors when Rams director Matt Ramker was banned July 5 from NCAA-certified events.

Pitino A Bilas fan: Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's choice for the Big East's next commissioner? ESPN analyst and former Duke standout Jay Bilas. "I would take a portion of the Syracuse and Pittsburgh money (each school paid $7.5 million to join the ACC in 2013), give him a five-year contract and pay him $2 million per year," Pitino wrote on his website. "He would be a grand slam."

Michigan WR transfers: Former receiver Darryl Stonum, who holds the Wolverines' single-season kickoff return yardage record with 1,001 yards in 2009, is transferring to Baylor for his final year of eligibility, according to He did not play last season because of a second drunk driving arrest in May 2011.

Obituary: Former coach Jim Carlen, who led football teams at West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina, died Sunday in Columbia, S.C. He was 79.

Last basketball commitment pushes Florida Gators' 2013 recruiting class to No. 1 in ESPN rankings 07/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 10:49pm]
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