Lonnie Walker calls himself the definition of different, and who can doubt it? The Reading-born basketball star, who was named the next Michael Jordan for his outstanding achievements in the one year he spent in college at the University of Miami, never had it all planned.
Born in a criminal neighborhood with a crime rate even above the national average, it was his focus and drive for success that kept him away from the vices in which he grew up. In this article, you will learn more about the McDonald’s All-American.
Lonnie Walker’s Bio
Lonnie Walker was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he also grew up. His date of birth is listed as December 14, 1998. He was born the son of an African-American basketball-loving father, Lonnie Walker III (Walker is known as Lonnie Walker IV), while his mother’s name is unknown.
Born and raised in a basketball-crazy community like Reading, he developed a passion for the game at a very early age. In fact, long before his palm could hold a basketball firmly in his hand, he always wanted to have the big round leather ball with him and always reached out to cry whenever someone tried to “dispossess” him of the ball.
But although it is true that the culture of his environment has been absorbed in the round leather game, it would not be wrong to think that his early affinity for basketball had something to do with genetics, since his father played the game so well when he was young.
However, Lonnie Walker attended Reading High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. He took part in athletics, football, and basketball, and more than that, he excelled in all three sports. While playing football as a running back and scoring an average of 6 touchdowns per game, Walker also dominated the athletics competitions at Reading High. But all in all, he stuck with basketball in the 8th grade.
He led the Red Knights (the Reading High School basketball team) when they won the State Championship in his graduating year 2017. This would be the first time in the school’s 117-year history that the school would make such a remarkable achievement, and Lonnie Walker’s fingerprints would be everywhere. This achievement made Walker a local champion and was billed by the community as his father for great heights. He would leave Reading High as their best scorer ever.
As an outstanding player, he was highly sought after by a number of college basketball programs, including Arizona, Kentucky, Villanova, Miami, and Syracuse, but chose to play for the Miami Hurricanes. Lonnie Walker made his debut from the bench in a game against Gardner-Webb University that the Hurricanes won.
His acrobatic hovering for a tying layup that forced the game against Louisville – in which he scored 25 points – into extra time, and his 3-point deficit against Boston College with two seconds on the clock and the Hurricanes 76-78 in a lost position (a game they ended up winning 79-78), was a major highlight of his debut season and also earned him the next Michael Jordan day.
His first season became his only season with the Hurricanes when he was declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was ranked 18th by the San Antonio Spurs. In his only season at the University of Miami, Walker averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game with a 34.6 shot from 3-point range in 27.8 minutes.
Although nothing is known about his mother, Walker’s father, Lonnie Walker III was an exceptional basketball player in his early years. He played college basketball at the Catholic-led Alvernia University (formerly known as Alvernia College) in Reading, Pennsylvania.
There he scored over 1000 points and 1000 rebounds with the Golden Wolves, making him the first player to achieve such a feat in college basketball. Lonnie Walker III was inducted into the Alvernia University Hall of Famer in 2010 when he was inducted into the Alvernia University Hall of Famer.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Lonnie Walker stands at 196 cm (6 feet 4 inches) and weighs 89 kg (196 lb). His athleticism and speed have been compared to that of Usain Bolt. His ball-handling and ability to defend multiple positions are excellent thanks to his 6 feet 10 inches wingspan. His other body measurements like biceps, chest, etc. are not available at the moment.