Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker has committed to the Miami Hurricanes. He is the No. 3 shooting guard and No. 23 overall recruit in the 2017 class.
Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and announced his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes.
“First off I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me through this long journey, but it’s time for me to take this next step and move on and commit to the University of Miami. I feel like it’s the best for me, on and off the court and will make greater individual on the court. Thanks to all the schools that recruited me but I’m officially a Cane #GoCanes”
Walker, the No. 3 shooting guard and No. 23 overall recruit in the class of 2017, took an official visit to Miami in early October. However, Jim Larrañaga and the Hurricanes have been recruiting the 5-star wing for over two years.
In an interview with Scout, Walker explained how the Miami coaching staff built a strong relationship over the years.
“It’s very strong,” he said of his relationship with Miami’s staff. “I have a lot of trust with this coach and built a strong bond with both Fish (assistant coach Adam Fisher) and coach L.
“He’s a coach like no other I feel like he will put me in the position as a great player and as a great person academically. I feel like he will drive me to that next level. The way he approached me and showed love, showed that I was a priority and that he believes that I’m a special kid.”
Hailing from Reading Senior High School in Reading, Pennsylvania, Walker is an extremely athletic and aggressive scorer. He’s got an ideal frame with bulky shoulders and long arms and has impressive lateral movement. Not only does this make him a hard player to contain, but it also allows him to be an effective defender on the perimeter.
Few prospects in the country can attack the rim with the same ferocity as Walker. He uses a quick first step to explode to the hoop and finishes strong around the rim.
Along with the Hurricanes, Walker was also considering and held offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Villanova. He is the fourth recruit to join Miami’s 2017 class, along with 4-star point guard Chris Lykes, 4-star power forward Sam Waardenburg and 3-star power forward Deng Gak. Walker’s commitment now bumps the ‘Canes to the No. 11 2017 recruiting class in the country.
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