The NBA Draft is only a day away!
We are taking a look at a few of the top prospects that are expected to be selected at the beginning of the first round in tomorrow night’s draft.
We are beginning our series with one of my personal favorite prospects: G Lonnie Walker IV.
I grew up about 15 minutes outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, which is Walker’s hometown. Therefore, I was easily able to watch his rise, capping his high school career with a state title for the Reading High School Red Knights.
From there, Walker headed to the University of Miami to play for the Hurricanes.
He started off slow at the NCAA level, coming off the bench for the U’s first 14 games, but once he was acclimated to the new level of competition, Walker started Miami’s final 18 games, including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
For the season, Walker’s numbers weren’t anything eye-popping, as he averaged 11.5 points per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per contest.
However, he proved to be efficient, shooting 41.5% from the field and 34.6% from deep.
Walker’s best highlight of the season came when he hit a game-winning 3 against Boston College in February:
Walker has a number of factors working for him as he makes his way toward a future in the NBA.
In terms of size, Miami listed Walker as standing 6’5″ tall and weighing about 205 lbs. He has a skinny, lanky and long frame that he will certainly continue to grow into and add muscle to.
He possesses flashy-quick speed, the ability to score from inside and outside, and ball handling ability.
Like many young prospects, Walker could afford to improve his defense and consistency for his overall game.
He is projected to go in the Top 15 picks of Thursday’s draft, with some having him go as high as #7 overall.
Best fit: Philadelphia 76ers
I think the Sixers could use a player just like Walker.
He could instantly slide into the two-guard position in the lineup, but also wouldn’t be pressured to start right away.
Walker would provide a player that can create his own shot and still grow into his NBA game in time.
Overall, whoever takes Walker will end up getting a solid starting caliber NBA shooting guard down the road. He may need a year to add muscle to his frame and get used to the style of NBA play and life overall, but I project Walker to have a solid all-around offensive game at the NBA level with a chance for him to be an above average defender as his game continues to grow and mature.