When coaches evaluate size, they look for height or length or wingspan. However, oftentimes the more quality is the size of a player’s heart or his determination. Florida’s Erving Walker lacks vertical size, but he does not lack determination, drive or competitiveness.
After a heavy recruitment, Walker committed to play at UF for Billy Donovan.
“I was concerned as a coach recruiting a guy that small. I really was,” Donovan said. “The first time I met him, I hadn’t watched him play. I was like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOh my gosh. My 7-year-old daughter could post him up. What am I doing here?'”
But Oliva, Donovan’s childhood CYL coach, insisted there was more to Walker than most were willing to see.
“Bobby kept telling me, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThere’s something about him,'” Donovan said. “He’s got a great belief in himself. He’s not afraid to take big shots. Some guys have surface confidence; they act like they’re confident. Erving has a really deep internal confidence.”