lonnie walker
DALLAS, TX – MARCH 15: Lonnie Walker IV

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.

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.

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