Thus far, UK has not appeared to be a major threat to land Lonnie Walker with the early signing period on the horizon. However, one recruiting expert thinks it’s a toss-up between the Kentucky Wildcats and Arizona Wildcats.
This little nugget from Ben Roberts at the Herald-Leader seems to indicate that UK is in much better shape with Walker than many realize.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels predicted Walker would pick UK in an article on that website Monday morning. He told the Herald-Leader later in the day that he thinks it’ll either be Kentucky or Arizona that lands Walker.
Daniels added that he thinks it’s a toss-up between UK and Arizona. This comes after Walker just had his official visit with UK this past weekend, which didn’t exactly go as well as he had hoped, but that was due to him having a fever and strep throat.
The 247 Crystal Ball still likes Arizona as the favorite:
A 6-5 shooting guard that currently plays for Reading High School in Pennsylvania, Walker currently ranks as the third best shooting guard and 21st overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting, according to 247 Sports Composite. ESPN ranks him 19th overall and the top prospect from Pennsylvania.
This past summer, Walker gushed about UK in an interview with the Herald-Leader.
"Everyone knows Kentucky," Walker said. "In and out, NBA players. That’s his thing. And he knows how to coach them. He coaches the top talent. Not only does he coach them, but he makes them better players. Works on their weaknesses and their overall game, and that’s what makes them a lot better when they go into the league."
"He ( John Calipari) said he really loves my game. It was rejuvenating. I had an abundant amount of feelings going through my stomach. Words I can’t really express."
To this point, Walker has not set a decision date, which could be a good thing. The longer he waits, the longer Calipari and UK can keep recruiting him, and that’s bad news for anyone else in any recruitment.