The Miami Hurricanes will be without freshman shooting guard Lonnie Walker for at least the next several weeks, head coach Jim Larranaga has informed FanRag Sports. Walker, who notably suffered a torn meniscus in his knee back in July, will still not be fully cleared when the Hurricanes begin practice on Friday.
According to Larranaga, Walker is still “a few weeks away” from returning to the court.
Standing at 6-5 while weighing just over 200 pounds, the up-and-coming two-guard hails from Reading, Pennsylvania and is considered to be one of the best overall players in the 2017 recruiting class. Slated as a five-star prospect by 247 Sports, Walker is currently ranked as the No. 16 overall player in the country for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Specifically, 247 Sports has him ranked as the No. 2 shooting guard in the nation in addition to the No. 2 overall player from the state of Pennsylvania.
In addition to drawing interest from Larranaga and the Hurricanes, Walker also received interest from the Arizona Wildcats, Villanova Wildcats, Syracuse Orange and Kentucky Wildcats among many other heralded programs throughout the country.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.