Miami Hurricanes guard Lonnie Walker went No. 18 overall to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
2018 NBA Draft: Lonnie Walker taken by the San Antonio Spurs
Sporting News projected Walker to be a late-round lottery pick, but he slipped just out of the lottery to No. 18.
As a freshman during the 2017-18 season, Walker led the Hurricanes with 11.5 points per game. In his only college season, he recorded 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He also shot 41.5 percent, including 34.6 percent from the 3-point line.
Miami experienced an up-and-down season with Walker leading the way, but the Hurricanes won seven of their final 10 regular-season games, including four straight to end the season and earn the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament.
However, that end of the year run didn’t lead to any postseason success. Miami was unfortunate enough to draw the sixth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, who were arguably the second-best team in the conference, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Hurricanes bowed out in similar fashion during the NCAA Tournament, as they became the first victim for the Cinderella Loyola-Chicago squad.
Walker will join the Spurs, who have been one of the model franchises in the NBA over the last two decades. San Antonio went 47-35 during the 2017-18 NBA season and lost in the first round to the Golden State Warriors.
The 2018 NBA Draft is currently airing on ESPN from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.