Normally an announcement from a player who averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game that he’s decided to return to school for another season would be a confusing one. However Florida freshman forward Chris Walker isn’t your standard player, as he remained on NBA executives’ radars despite playing in just 18 games for Billy Donovan’s Gators.

And with “upside” being seen as a positive, there was a real chance that Walker would have heard his name called in June’s NBA Draft had he decided to leave school.

But that won’t be happening, as the school announced Wednesday that Walker will return for his sophomore season. With the NCAA suspension and the presence of veterans Will Yeguete and Patric Young, Walker played an average of 14.8 minutes per game. But those two veterans did a great deal in helping Walker get acclimated to college basketball and Donovan’s way of doing things, which should serve the young forward well in 2014-15.

With the decision to return now official, Walker can proceed in his work to become the front court anchor Florida will need with Yeguete and Young both out of eligibility.