Five-star wing Lonnie Walker has been one of the most efficient players so far in the Nike EYBL. Walker is averaging 18 points per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 49 percent from deep. Not surprisingly with numbers like that, Walker is being tracked closely by elite college coaches.
“I have been playing really well,” said Walker. “Overall I have been working on being more aggressive and more of a consistently dominant player.”
Recruiting wise heavy hitters are out to see him nearly every game, and a long list is developing for Walker.
“So far I’m hearing from Villanova, Miami, Oregon, Syracuse, SMU, Texas, and some other schools,” noted Walker. “Villanova, Oregon, Miami, and SMU are the schools recruiting me the hardest.”
Maybe the school that has recruited Walker the longest is the reigning national champs, Villanova.
About the Wildcats, Walker said, “It is a pretty good relationship. Jay Wright is one of the most down to earth coaches that I talk to, and I can see them all the time since it is close to home. They are definitely a school that has caught my eye.”
Another school that has put a lot of time in is Miami. The Hurricanes have had some success recruiting the area, and continue to make a good impression on Walker.
“I like the coaching staff there,” said Walker of Miami. “Coach (Larranaga) talks to me about academics and how he will help me on and off the court.”
One of the more recent offers for Walker is Syracuse. The Orange have done a tremendous job recruiting Philadelphia under Jim Boeheim, and they are a school Walker followed growing up.
“It was a great feeling,” said Walker of the Syracuse offer. “When I was younger I used to go to a lot of Syracuse games, so hearing from them is great. Also Jim Boeheim is a great coach.”
A school out West making a push is Oregon. The Ducks have worked Walker hard, and he is intrigued by the situation in Eugene.
“Coach (Dana) Altman is more of a strict coach, but he is also laid back at the same time,” he said of Oregon. “The first question he asked me was about grades and how I was academically showed me he wants good players who are also high character players, and that means a lot.”
For now no visits are set, but Walker does have a pretty good idea of a few schools he’d like to try and get out and see.
“I haven’t made any decisions,” said Walker of visits. “I am planning on visiting Oregon soon and possibly SMU, but I don’t really know.”