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Lonnie Walker


Personal Information

-       Freshman SG at the University of Miami

-       Birthdate: December 14, 1998 (19 years old)

-       Born: Reading, Pennsylvania

-       High School: Reading High School

-       13th in the ESPN 100 Class of 2017

-       Twitter: LonnieWalker_4

-       Instagram: LonnieWalker4

-       6’4.5 with a 6’10.25 wingspan

-       Great hops

-       Started season slow but scored double digits in 13 of last 16 games

-       Attended Reading High School in Reading, Pennsylvania

-       Led team to 1st ever Pennsylvania 6A High School State Championship – appears to mean a lot to him to give kids from poverty someone to look up to


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-       Father, Lonnie III, is a chef and played Division III at Alvernia

-       Very close to his grandparents Herbert and Eleanor “Mama El” Walker

-       Grandmother is very important to him and is known in their community

-       She has said he’s never been in any trouble

-       Appears to have a special relationship with the people of Reading – made Miami coaches promise they would play a game in Reading if he committed there

-       Coach Jim Larranaga “During the recruiting process, we saw that Lonnie had a unique relationship with the people in Reading. Everybody knows him. Kids ask for his autograph after practice. Adults want pictures with him.”

-       It appears he has a chip on his shoulder and wants to be great for himself and his community

-       Walker is an excellent student, and considered pre-med, but now says he plans to study Business


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-       Reading is the 3rd poorest city in the US

-       Wrote a letter to Reading saying what the place has meant to him and how kids there can accomplish anything. Wants kids there to use him as an example

-       His grammar isn’t great but he articulates his ideas well and says the right things

-       Stresses academics and being a good person in multiple interviews

-       Describes himself as a 2-way player with great athleticism

-       Said he always had a ghost that was better than him, so he just always wants to improve, even when nobody is watching – very impressive that he wants to get better

-       Looks like he has added a lot of strength/size since High School

-       Thinks the earth is flat and an illusion

-       Has been training with Chris Gaston, De’Aaron Fox, and Landry Shamet


accomplishments

-       2016 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year

-       2017 Class 6A Pennsylvania Player of the Year

-       2017 McDonalds All-American

-       2017 Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP

-       2017 Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball

-       2018 Honorable Mention All-ACC honoree (first freshman in Miami history to earn all-league honors)

-       2018 ACC All-Freshman Team

-       2018 All-ACC Academic Team

-       ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 11, 2017, Jan. 29, 2018 and Feb. 5, 2018


freshman season stats

-       11.5 PPG

-       2.6 RPG

-       1.9 APG

-       0.9 SPG

-       0.5 BPG

-       1.2 TOV

-       41.5% Total FG

-       48.7% 2 FG

-       34.6% 3 FG – a little more than half of his shots are 3s

-       73.8% FT


analytics

-       Had a 109.4 offensive rating per 100 possessions and 102.9 defensive rating per 100 possessions

-       Had an effective field goal percentage of 50.3% because he took so many 3’s


INJURIES

-       Had left knee surgery in July 2017

-       Has played in every game for Miami


nba draft combine info

-       5.65% body fat

-       9 inch hand length

-       9.5 inch hand width

-       6’3.75 without shots

-       6’4.5 with shoes

-       8’3.5 standing reach

-       196.2 lbs

-       6’10.25 wingspan

-       Did not participate in shooting drills

-       10.87 second lane agility – 9th in the combine

-       2.87 second shuttle run – 2nd in the combine

-       3.06 second three quarter sprint – 3rd in the combine

-       31.5 inch standing vertical leap – 14th in the combine

-       40 inch max vertical leap – 10th in the combine


skills

-       Shot over 40% in EYBL play from 3 on over 5 attempts a game

-       Great aggression, athleticism and ability to finish with contact

-       Inconsistent but crazy athlete

-       Plays with good rhythm, knows when he can turn the corner and attack

-       Strong with the ball

-       Strong and athletic finisher – can finish with either hand

-       Shot selection needs work but can hit from deep

-       Shot form looks very good

-       Squares up beautifully, sets his feet well, simplified stroke, especially in catch and shoot

-       Can shoot and hit off the bounce from deep

-       Despite low assist numbers, looks like he makes the right play a lot and has a good basketball IQ

-       His workout video shows he needs to improve his handle


skill assessment

Legend

1 = Benchwarmer Level

2 = Role Player Level

3 = Starter Level

4 = Star Level

5 = Superstar Level

Greatest Strength: Athleticism, Help Defense

Greatest Weakness: Playmaking

Scoring: 3.5

3-point Shooting: 4

Finishing Ability: 3.5

Rebounding: 3, with potential to be a 4

Playmaking: 2

Defending On-Ball: 3.5

Defending Off-Ball: 4.5

Size: 3.5

Athleticism: 4

Motor: 4


GAME ANALYSIS 1

-       January 15th, 2018 vs. Duke

-       Matchup: Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen

Offense

-       Shot the ball very well from deep, hit some deep pullup 3’s – 5/8 from 3 in the game

-       Can only hit pullup jumpers using a left dribble, very accurate when he does so

-       Has good shooter’s footwork

-       Quick exploding to the hoop but missed a number of right contested layups that he usually makes – needs to do a better job protecting the ball with his body rather than simply seeking contact

-       Cannot attack left, needs to improve his handle

Defense

-       Impressive early help defense, very aware

-       Had a number of steals, quick in denial

-       Needs to communicate better on defense  

-       Recovers very well but I think he can do a better job staying in front of his man

-       Gave up 30 points to Trent

Final Stats

-       33 minutes, 19 points, 6/17 FG, 5/8 3 FG, 2/2 FT, 2 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 2 fouls


GAME ANALYSIS 2

-       February 17th, 2018 vs. Syracuse

-       Matchup: O’Shae Brissett and Frank Howard  

Offense

-       Made some nice plays for teammates

-       Very quick attacking from the perimeter

-       Can get to hoop with one dribble from 3-point line

-       Squares up and elevates well on 3-pointer but shot was off, primarily took good shots – 2/7 from 3

-       Maybe the best athlete in the draft

Defense

-       Explosive closing distances on defense – can help way off man and recover at an elite level

-       Fights well around off ball screens

-       Really quick hands, caused 3 turnovers

-       Walker looks like he can become a shutdown defender in the NBA

Final Stats

-       34 minutes, 5/12 FG, 2/7 3 FG, 12 points, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 5 fouls


Overall

I think Lonnie Walker IV is a potential lottery pick. Walker is a freak athlete that can beat anyone off the dribble and finish over help with contact. I love Walker’s shot form and believe his shooting percentage will increase with experience and maturity. He is a great 3-point shooter off of a left dribble, but much worse off of a right one.

Walker is not a true creator, but does a nice job finding the right man when help cuts him off. He makes the extra pass and is generally unselfish other than an ill-advised shot or 2 a night. Walker has a tendency to attack right and needs to improve his handle so that he can attack left and improve his overall pullup game.

Walker’s defensive potential is incredible. He can close distance getting around off-ball screens incredibly quickly and can stay in front of players 1-3 with his athleticism and 6’10.25 wingspan. While he is aware in help and very quick to react, he needs to work on his communication.

I love Walker’s personality and believe he has something to prove. He feels the pressure of his hometown on his shoulders. While he lacks a little feel offensively as anything more than just a scorer, I think he has All Star potential in the NBA because of his 2-way athleticism.

PROJECTIONS

Projected Draft Position: Top 20

NBA Comparison: Jaylen Brown/Lance Stephenson with a better shot.

NBA Projection: 3.5 – Good starter