Freshman wing Lonnie Walker IV declared for the 2018 NBA Draft after one year at Miami via Twitter. The star freshman will hire an agent, ending his college eligibility. Walker, a former 5-star prospect, was largely expected to be a one-and-done before he stepped on campus.
Just a kid from Reading ?? pic.twitter.com/fsJ2PGcdSB
— Bruce Lee ?? (@lonniewalker_4) April 4, 2018
The athletic wing struggled with an injury to begin his season which caused a slow start. He was inconsistent throughout the first half of the season and many questioned his one-and-done status. When teammate and team leader Bruce Brown went down towards the end of January, Walker stepped up. Walker became Miami’s go-to guy and led them to a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament. The star freshman would finish the season averaging 11.5 PPG and having a two-way impact that goes beyond the box score.
Lonnie Walker is a two-way wing with top-level athleticism. A mostly raw prospect right now, he has shown the ability to score from anywhere on the floor through his own creation. Walker is widely viewed as a first-round prospect. In Def Pen’s last mock draft, Walker was listed as a lottery talent.