Interest growing for class of 2017 wing Lonnie Walker

  • 05/27/2015 8:07 am in

One of the breakout players from this spring’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) has become a recruiting target for Indiana.

Class of 2017 Reading (Pa.) guard Lonnie Walker, who plays with Hoosier targets Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr on Team Final, averaged 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists this spring and received an offer from the Hoosiers on May 21.

Last weekend in Minneapolis, Walker had 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting as Final fell to CP3, 96-87.

At 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, Walker has the ability to score from both the perimeter and while attacking the rim, which makes him a difficult cover.

Scout.com named him one of the top performers of the EYBL stop in Minneapolis and wrote that “there is no doubt” he is one of the best wings in the country.

“My speed, agility and jumpshot makes it a lot easier for me to attack the rim or take a jumper,” he told Inside the Hall. “I’m working on aggressiveness and post moves, so I’m still a work in progress.”

Ranked the No. 48 prospect nationally in his class by the 247Composite, Walker also holds early offers from Holy Cross and Villanova. Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona are among the programs who have expressed interest.

As a sophomore at Reading, Walker averaged 17 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists and led his team to a 24-6 record and county title. He was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA all-state second team.

His relationship with the Hoosier staff is still in the beginning stages.

“I’ll talk to them more soon,” Walker explained. “See how the school is, the coaches, the players, just (get a feel for) the overall environment.”

While he’s currently playing on the wing and as a scoring guard for Team Final, Walker said he feels that he can play both backcourt spots at the next level.

“I don’t mind playing point guard. I used to play point guard when I was younger and got a little experience,” he said. “I’ve got really good court vision, so if I have to be a point guard to do my role, then I’ll do it.”

J.B. Bauer contributed to this story.

(Photo credit: Reading Eagle)

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  • IU track Alumni

    Nice beat on the highlight tape.

  • sarge

    Nice handles for his height. He’s flashy, but has obvious athleticism. Could be a major player if he continues to improve.

  • Robert Golden

    Chuck going after some good kids. Exactly what you want to build roster with. Good kids with upside. Love the idea of taking a kid ranked 50-100 to develop every cycle. Builds roster depth/balance. Sometimes you luck out and the kid can really play.

  • SCHoosier

    A good one to have on IU’s radar. Any anybody at 6-5 with that handle and shot…is worth tracking. Think T. Hardaway Jr. Will be an elite school target before its over. Glad IU is on him early.

  • TomJameson

    I like the way this kid moves, nice handle and really good footwork .. lol. If he gets better every year, he is going to be amazing, and the number of offers will really pile up.

    Glad IU is getting in early for some of these kids, I hope it helps showing that early love.

  • marcusgresham

    6’7? What the hell is he doing on Villanova’s radar? I thought all they took was 6’4 guys. lol

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, I’d say we could cross Holy Cross off the list.

  • Bob Smith

    Lonnie is only 16 years old and is playing up in the best AAU League in the Country! The picture of him celebrating is so unlike him he usually just goes back on defense even after a spectacular dunk. The picture was after a three quarter court buzzer beating shot. And it was a shot not a throw! I think that he will be a point guard in college and grow to 6’6″-6’7″!

  • marcusgresham

    Good to see him going left; would like the release on the jumper to be a bit higher.

  • hoosier93

    Yea it has always worked about really well in the past….

  • marcusgresham

    Worked on Yogi, Zeller, and Blackmon, just to name a few off the top of my head.

  • hoosier93

    Well there is 3. Didn’t quite work on Lyles or Leaf. Maybe stay away from players with a last name that starts with an “L?”

  • Gian Peta

    I am Reading Alumni I am at most games. What Bob says is True. Quiet kid who goes back on defense little emotion. But photo was after a dunk in a close playoff game. I know the Photographer who took the photo. I took the photo from the other side

  • Gian Peta

    his dad was 6’8″ all American at D3 college. Kid has hops. Great elevation on Jumpers. If He picks Hoosiers, you will love this kid