With the returns of guards Ja’Quan Newton and Bruce Brown and the addition of 5-star freshman Lonnie Walker, the Miami Hurricanes are expected to have one of the top backcourts in the ACC next season. However, the Hurricanes received some bad news on Tuesday, as it was announced that Walker will be out indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Walker suffered the injury during a team workout Tuesday, and he’s expected to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus later this week according to the Miami Herald.
For everyone asking I did tear my meniscus. But I promise this will not slow me down. Minor setback for a major comeback 🤘🏾 Isaiah:40-29
— Lonnie Walker (@lonniewalker_4) July 12, 2017
The 6-foot-4 freshman from Reading, Pennsylvania earned a spot in both the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games, and he was also named Pennsylvania Player of the Year after leading Reading HS to its first state title. An explosive guard who can score at all three levels, Walker is one of the reasons why the Hurricanes are viewed as a team that can be a factor both within the ACC and nationally next season.
The Hurricanes return six of their top eight scorers from a season ago, led by the aforementioned Newton and Brown, with leading scorer Davon Reed and forward Kamari Murphy being the team’s biggest personnel losses. Walker is the headliner in a four-member recruiting class that joins the program, with guards Chris Lykes and Miles Wilson and forward Deng Gak being the others.
Wilson, a 6-foot-5 guard, will sit out the 2017-18 season after transferring in from Mount St. Mary’s, where he averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game on a team that reached the NCAA tournament.