On Sunday night, the rosters for the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game were announced. Miami will be represented in this elite prospect showcase as 5-star SG signee Lonnie Walker was named to the East team.
Miami has another @McDAAG to add to its list, congrats @lonniewalker_4! https://t.co/3AbrOlyNtB— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) January 16, 2017
Congrats to Pennsylvania's Lonnie Walker(Reading HS) and QuadeGreen (Phila Neumann-Goretti) for being selected for McDonald's All-Amer game— Norm Eavenson (@n_eavenson) January 16, 2017
The highest rated recruit in Miami’s 2017 class, the 6’5” Walker is a dynamic wing player who can impact games all over the court. A consensus top 20 prospect in America, Walker is going to play on the East team in this year’s McDonald’s All-American game. You can see the whole East Roster here:
More on this honor for Walker from a press release from UM athletics:
Walker will become the fifth McDonald’s All-American to play at Miami, joining Dewan Huell (2016 McDonald's All-American), Darius Rice (2000), Steve Edwards (1992) and Tito Horford (1985).
Walker is a 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard ranked No. 19 in the ESPN Top 100, Miami’s highest-ranked recruit in the three-player class of top-100 signees and its highest in the last 15 years. He joins Chris Lykes, ranked 52nd in the country, and Deng Gak, ranked 93rd, in Miami’s class of 2017.
Walker attends Reading High School in Pennsylvania, where he led the Red Knights to a 29-4 record and a trip to the PIAA Class 4A state semifinals last season. Walker, who averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, was the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior under the guidance of coach Rick Perez.
While playing on the EYBL AAU circuit in 2016, Walker averaged 16.6 points per game, knocking down 45.5 percent of his shots. He also tallied 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per outing for coaches Rob Brown and Aaron Burt of Team Final from the Philadelphia area, the same AAU program current Canes Ja’Quan Newton and Davon Reed played for.
Walker, who has great vision and ball handling skills, can shoot from the outside or penetrate and finish at the rim. He is a long defender with a 6-foot-10-inch wingspan who causes havoc for opposing guards. He chose Miami over offers from Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova and Syracuse.
Congratulations to Lonnie on this outstanding achievement. I can’t wait to see him ball out in this game, and dominate at the Watsco Center starting next fall.