Lonnie Walker Draws UNC's Attention

The Pa. rising senior has been one of the top performers on the EYBL circuit.

WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Lonnie Walker has been one of the most efficient players in the Nike EYBL this spring.

The 6-foot-4 Walker, a native of Reading, Pa., is starting to hear from some of the biggest programs in the country, including early interest from North Carolina.

The Tar Heels have yet to directly get in touch with the 2017 wing, but the coaching staff has contacted Walker's coaches.

"My coaches have been telling me. I don't really get involved with everything [recruiting]," Walker said of North Carolina. "They just told me that they were trying to get ahold of me."

North Carolina coaches caught Walker's game against Team Penny in the second April evaluation weekend. Walker is averaging 18.1 points per game on the 2016 EYBL circuit while shooting 51 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.

Walker was visited by Miami, Oregon, SMU, Syracuse and UConn after the first evaluation weekend last month, while Villanova is also strongly involved. Duke, North Carolina and Texas are schools to recently show Walker interest. He said he isn't going to cut his list until after the EYBL season concludes.

"I'm still open to new schools," Walker said. "[I will] hopefully cut down [my list] by the last EYBL game and make my decision in October or September."

This spring has been a successful one for Team Final, with a 6-1 start thanks to three talented perimeter options. Walker is joined in the backcourt by 2017 point guard Daron Russell and 2018 small forward Cameron Reddish. The trio all average at least 14 points and three assists per game each.

"It loosens the pressure, we're a great, fast backcourt. I'm happy that they're on my team because I don't have to worry about shooting all the time," Walker said. "We all can do basically similar things, so it's a great relief."

Walker is playing with a lot of confidence so far this spring, as he's become more of a complete scorer. One of the things upon which he's improved dramatically since last spring is his ability to go left, which has opened up his offense.

"Last year a lot coaches were telling me I have to work on my left hand and get more comfortable with my left," Walker said. "In the offseason I've just been working on maintaining my left hand. Even during practice or workouts, I'm just using my left hand the whole time. I want it to get stronger."

Although Walker is known as more of an off-the-ball scorer, he's also trying to become more of a primary ball handler. Walker said that he's trying to improve his ball skills to potentially become a point guard. So far this spring, he's averaging 3.0 assists against 1.6 turnovers per game.

"[College coaches are] pretty impressed because I can play the one and the two at the same time," he said. "They like my athleticism and my ability to shoot off the dribble."

Walker was ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 by Scout.com prior to the April circuit.


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