Miami coach Jim Larranaga offered an encouraging update on the team’s prized freshman addition.
Five-star standout Lonnie Walker, who tore the meniscus in his right knee during a July practice but had a successful surgery, should be ‘close to 100 percent’ for the Hurricanes’ season opener on Nov. 10 vs. Gardner Webb.
In a report from Palm Beach Post reporter Matt Porter, Larranaga said all that’s left for Walker is to regain his stamina.
“He can do everything,” Larranaga said. “He’s just not in great shape yet.”
Walker has been selected as one of 20 players on the watch list for the Jerry West Award, which is given to the nation’s best at the position.
Walker was a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American.
Miami coach Jim Larrañaga raved about Walker’s potential in a 247Sports story by Mike Bakas.
“Lonnie Walker IV is the highest-ranked player who has ever signed at the University of Miami. At 6’5, he is a dynamic athlete with long-range shooting ability,” coach Larrañaga said. “He has got acrobatic lay-ups, and for those fans who got to know and love [rising sophomore] Bruce Brown, we have another one just like him. A happy, go-lucky, smiley and energetic athlete who fans will adopt very, very quickly.”
Walker is projected by NBA scouts to be a potential first round pick in the 2018 draft.