On Monday afternoon, Miami Hurricanes G Lonnie Walker IV was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week.
A career-high 26 points and seven rebounds in your first start...— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) December 11, 2017
Yeah, that'll give you ACC Rookie of the Week. Way to go, LW4! pic.twitter.com/1tEjnnNvrN
As stated in the above-embedded tweet, Walker IV was recognized after an stellar outing in his first career start. Walker had 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, and showed the talent that made him one of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2017.
Here’s more on this worthy recognition for Walker from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Florida – University of Miami freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week, announced Monday by the conference office. This is Walker’s first ACC Rookie of the Week honor and the first by a Miami player since Bruce Brown Jr. on Feb. 27, 2017.
The Reading, Pa., native made his first career start last Wednesday against Boston University and had a breakout performance, recording 26 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action – all career highs.
Walker was 9-for-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and also went 3-for-3 at the free-throw stripe. Eighteen of his 26 points came in the second half, as he was 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
Ten of Miami’s first 16 points in the second half came from Walker as the Hurricanes broke open a tie game at the half.
Walker is averaging 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in eight games this season.
One of seven remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, Miami (8-0) rose to No. 6 in the latest Associated Press Poll on Monday, the Hurricanes’ highest ranking since a No. 5 mark on March 18, 2013. UM returns to action Saturday at noon with a road contest in Washington, D.C., against George Washington.
I’ve been wondering all season when Lonnie Walker IV would dust off the rust from the offseason (when he had minor knee surgery) and put everything together. If his last game’s performance is any indication, I think that the time I’ve been waiting for is now.