Lonnie Walker IV

#4 G/F Miami Hurricanes – Freshman

DoB: December 14, 1998

Height: 6-5

Wingspan: 6-10

Weight: 204lbs

 

2017-2018 Season Averages

27.8MIN 11.5PTS 41.5FG% 1.9AST 2.6REB 0.9STL 0.5BLK 1.2TO

 

Strengths

  • Has the physical tools of an NBA guard; Has a solid frame with long arms; Great athlete at the college level.
  • Solid shooting mechanics; Solid spot-up shooter from three and has shown flashes of a pull-up game.
  • Capable slasher; Can either slash on the catch or off the dribble.
  • Has great body control and dexterity on finishes near the rim; often hangs in the air where he can change hands or contort his body to avoid the defender.
  • Underrated one on one scorer; has advanced handles paired with an assortment of floaters, euro steps, and off-footed finishes around the room; Has great change of pace.
  • One on one defense is probably the most translatable NBA skills as of now; Plays with intensity and always makes an effort to get in position.
  • Long arms and long strides allow for quick recovery, contesting outside shots, and avoiding screens.

 

Weaknesses

  • Avoids the defender on the way to the rim, too often fading away from the basket than absorbing contact; Does not draw a lot of fouls, hinting at a lack of aggressiveness on offense.
  • Projects to be a solid slasher at the next level, but can improve his touch around the rim; prone to take a lot of tough shots.
  • Often loses focus or plays without any effort; There are too many games where he has failed to reach double-digit points with low rebounding and defensive stats.
  • Could do a better job on shot selection; settles for long threes rather than driving to the basket.
  • Does not do a great job of playmaking for his teammates at the college level.

Observations

  • Walker’s NBA value is based a lot on his flashes of one on one shot creation and shot making ability; He has not shown a great feel for the game at the college level;
  • It’s hard to judge Walker’s finishing ability at the next level; While he makes a lot of tough, highlight-worthy finishes at college, he has not displayed great touch or aggressiveness on all of his drives.
  • Very intriguing defensive prospect; Walker has all the tools to become a great defender in the NBA; At the same time, he does not project to be a multi-positional defender, which is very valued in today’s NBA.
  • Had a hard time playing as the primary, or even secondary scoring option for Miami after Bruce Brown went down with an injury.

 

Notable Performances

Vs. BostonU 26PTs (9-15 FGA/FGM) (5-7 3PA/3PM) 7REB 2AST 2PF 4TO

 

Vs. Louisville 23PTS (8-15 FGA/FGM) (4-8 3PM/3PA) 4REB 3AST 1STL 2BLK 3PF 1TO

 

Vs. UVA (Sweet 16) 6PTS (2-8 FGA/FGM) (0-4 3PM/3PA) 0REB 2AST 0STL 0BLK 3TO

 

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