Florida guard Walter Clayton Jr. to attend NBA pre-draft before choosing a career.

GAINESVILLE, Florida For the current season, Florida guard Walter Clayton Jr. has averaged 17.6 points per game, making him the team's highest scorer.  

Clayton Jr. is entering the NBA draft with the possibility of returning to the Gators for his final year.

Before deciding whether or not to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility, Clayton, a junior from Lake Wales who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and became a father in December, intends to go through the pre-draft process.   

Through the 29th of May, at 11:59 p.m., he has the opportunity to withdraw from the draft and return to Florida.  

The declaration was made by Clayton on Monday via social media, in which he stated that he would "return to no other than the University of Florida" in the event that his plans to play in the NBA did not work out.   

In light of this, coach Todd Golden and the Gators have reason to believe that Clayton may continue to play for Gainesville for another season. After two seasons at Iona, he made the decision to transfer to Florida.  

In 2023–24, Clayton was successful in shooting 43 percent of his shots, including 36.5% from beyond the arc. Over the course of the season, he concluded with the highest scoring season for the program since Anthony Roberson averaged 17.9 points in 2003-2004. The fifth-best mark in the history of the school was achieved by Clayton's average.  

In nine of Florida's final fourteen games, Clayton scored at least 20 points, including a career-best 33 points in a first-round defeat to Colorado in the NCAA Tournament. Clayton's performance was a career high.  

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