On Tuesday evening, the University of Miami announced 5-star recruit and freshman guard Lonnie Walker would undergo knee surgery. The release from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami announced Tuesday that freshman guard Lonnie Walker has torn the meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery at UHealth Sports Medicine Institute later this week.
“Lonnie suffered an injury in practice this morning,” head coach Jim Larrañaga said. “The timeframe for his return will be determined after the surgery.”
Walker, a native of Reading, Pa., was a 2017 McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American out of Reading High School.
Hopefully, Walker’s meniscus injury isn’t too serious and he’s able to return to full strength before the season starts.
And, for his part, Walker seems to be in good spirits and focused on coming back strong following this injury:
For everyone asking I did tear my meniscus. But I promise this will not slow me down. Minor setback for a major comeback Isaiah:40-29— Bruce Lee (@lonniewalker_4) July 12, 2017
The highest rated player in Miami’s best-ever basketball recruiting class, Walker has the elite talent that would make the Hurricanes one of the most talented teams in America. Walker was a double All-American (McDonald’s and Jordan Brand), is Reading HS’s career leading scorer, and lead Reading to their first ever State Championship in 2016.
Not only that, Miami has a game in the non-conference schedule that will be played in Reading (PA) — Walker’s hometown.
For now we hope for a swift and complete recovery for Walker.
More opinion and analysis for Canes Hoops will come following word of Walker’s surgery and recovery.