Five-star prospect Lonnie Walker out of Reading, Pennsylvania has officially announced his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes for the 2017-2018 season.
I'm officially a Cane pic.twitter.com/raBHqUndwF— G.C.M (@lonniewalker_4) November 16, 2016
Walker, a shooting guard playing for Reading High School in Pennsylvania, has been strongly considering the Kentucky Wildcats in addition to Arizona, Syracuse, and Villanova, but the Canes came out on top this time.
A 6-4 195-pound wing prospect, Walker brings a lot to the table. Currently ranked as the 19th overall player and the 4th best shooting guard of the 2017 class by ESPN, Walker is also heralded for his defensive capabilities.
Tough and physical on the perimeter, Walker can body up opposing players from beyond the three point line. He has the strength to hold his ground, making it difficult for drivers to get through him. He also has solid instincts to be able to rack up steals and come from behind for blocks.
While his defense is superb, Walker can score the ball as well. A good slasher, can get himself to the rim and score efficiently. Will even put down some post moves from time to time. A year ago that was about his limitations on the offensive end. However, his jump shot has come a long way since then. Walker can hit threes at a solid rate now.
Walker shares similarities in size and potential to Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, and he's been reliable as a defensive mastermind in the NBA.
Growing up just 30 minutes away from the campus of defending national champion Villanova, Jay Wright and company were the first to jump on Walker's recruitment. While the playing for your hometown narrative is an insightful thought, Walker's father urged that he go further out to the west to play college. This, in turn, helped get Kentucky into the thick of things, but not enough to seal the deal.
Ultimately, Miami gets themselves a fantastic prospect. While not necessarily a one-and-done recruit, Walker is undoubtedly an NBA talent at this stage of his career.