Florida’s Roberson and Walsh to enter NBA Draft
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Florida junior guards Anthony Roberson and
Matt Walsh announced Wednesday that each will forgo their final year of
eligibility and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.
Neither will sign with an agent, which leaves open the possibility of a return
to school. The early entry withdrawal deadline is June 21, which is one week
before the draft takes place.
“At this point in time I have decided to put my name into the NBA Draft,” said
Roberson. “I will continue to evaluate my situation and will not retain an
agent. I am looking forward to gathering more information and will make a
final decision at a later date.”
Roberson was named First Team All-SEC for the second straight year and
finished as the runner-up for SEC Player of the Year. He helped lead Florida
to a 24-8 record, which included the school’s first-ever SEC Tournament title.
Roberson averaged 17.5 points per game this past season and led the conference
in scoring with an average of 20.8 points in league outings. He was the only
player in the SEC to post at least 15 points in every conference game and also
topped the 30-point mark on two occasions.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Roberson has hit 267 three-pointers in his
career, only seven short of tying former teammate Brett Nelson’s school record
Walsh earned All-SEC honors in each of the past two seasons and finished
second on the Gators in scoring for the second straight year, averaging 14.6
points per game. He was Second Team All-SEC from the coaches in 2004-05. The
Holland, Pennsylvania native led the Gators in three-point accuracy, hitting
42.6 percent from beyond the arc this season (69-162).
“I truly love the University of Florida, but I feel I owe it to myself to see
where I am because it’s my dream to be able to play professionally one day,”
Walsh earned MVP honors at the SEC Tournament, scoring 26 points in the final
in guiding the Gators to their first title. Walsh averaged a team-high 19.3
points in the SEC Tournament and hit 44.8 percent from three-point range
Walsh surpassed the 1,000-point mark on December 19 and has 1,301 points over
his three-year career.
Roberson and Walsh are the first Gators to declare early for the NBA Draft
since both Mike Miller and Donnell Harvey did so in 2000 when each was
chosen in the first round.
The Gators lost to Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.