Rothstein | Miami’s Lonnie Walker cleared for drills

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 09: Miami Hurricanes Mascot during the second half of the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament third round game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Miami Hurricanes on March 9, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Miami Hurricanes freshman guard Lonnie Walker has been cleared to do warm-up drills, head coach Jim Larranaga tells FanRag Sports. Despite his return to the floor, he has still not been fully cleared to return to action.

Walker is a 6-foot-5 incoming 5-star recruit from Reading HS in Reading, Pa. He was named a McDonald’s All-American last season, while winning Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball and co-winning the Jordan Brand Classic MVP. He chose the ‘Canes over local draws such as Villanova, and national powerhouses such as Kentucky.

With Walker leading the way, Miami had the 10th-ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2017 year. With the third-best incoming ACC class, he is joined by 4-star commits in point guard Chris Lykes and center Deng Gak, along with 3-star Sam Waardenburg from New Zealand.

Miami is coming off a 21-12 season last year that saw it eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the Michigan State Spartans. Leading scorer Davon Reed has gone to the NBA, where he is now a member of the Phoenix Suns.

The Hurricanes are set to open the 2017-18 year at home on Nov. 10 when they welcome in Gardner-Webb.

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.

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