ITV visits with Lonnell DeWalt

Lonnell DeWalt of Warren Central High School in Bowling Green is a standout athlete on both the hardwood and gridiron. ITV caught up with DeWalt on Saturday at the Kentucky Hoopfest.

Lonnell Dewalt has the ability to play on the Division IA level in both basketball and football and possibly both. After visiting with the talented athlete Saturday evening at Eddie Ford's Kentucky Hoopfest at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, DeWalt gave no indication as to which sport he prefers to play in college.

"I don't really know which I'd like to play," explained DeWalt. "I'm going to wait for awhile before I decide. I just want to have fun and enjoy it while I can."

At 6'7, 215-pounds, it is obvious that DeWalt has the size to make an impact in both sports. While watching him participate with the Kentucky HoopStars Elite team at the Kentucky Hoopfest, DeWalt exhibited plenty of athletic ability by crashing the boards on both ends of the floor, swatting opponent's shots and penetrating into the lane to create his own shot.

As a junior on the hardwood, DeWalt finished his season ninth in the state in rebounding at 11.6 per contest. He also poured in an average of 13.3 points per game in helping guide Warren Central to a quarterfinal birth in the state championship and a final record of 26-4.

On the football field the tall receiver had 45 receptions for 648-yards and six touchdowns. Also a linebacker, DeWalt recorded 60 total tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He was an All-State selection following his junior season.

While he is drawing quite a bit of attention for his basketball abilities, which includes an offer from Xavier, Louisville's interest in DeWalt is for football.

In addition to Louisville, DeWalt has drawn considerable attention from Kentucky, Auburn, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan State and others. Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia have all extended scholarship offers.

DeWalt listed Louisville, as well as Kentucky, West Virginia, Auburn and Tennessee as his early leaders, but said that he is still open on his college choice and doesn't have a true favorite.

"I really don't have a favorite right now. I like Louisville, but really just as much as anyone right now. I'll probably take one of my [official] visits there."

A few schools, including Auburn and Kentucky has told DeWalt that there is a possibility that he could play both sports at their schools, while Louisville has yet to express interest in him playing basketball for the Cardinals. Among the coaches watching DeWalt's play on Saturday was Kentucky assistant David Hobbs.

A definite candidate for Kentucky's Mr. Football, DeWalt will become one of the most sought after players in the Bluegrass this fall. Warren Central will open its season on August 23rd against Central Hardin in Bowling Green.


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