2018 NBA Mock Draft: The summer is decision time

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton /
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DALLAS, TX – MARCH 15: Lonnie Walker IV
DALLAS, TX – MARCH 15: Lonnie Walker IV /

Lonnie Walker IV. 20. player. 86. . G. Miami

After losing to the eventual regional champions, the Loyola Ramblers, Walker quickly began thinking about his NBA future. This week, he became the latest to declare for the 2018 NBA draft, something that was almost guaranteed from the moment he stepped foot on a college court.

“The University of Miami exceeded my expectations,” Walker wrote in a Twitter post. “From school, sports, the and last but not least, the Canes fans.”

Miami went into the season expecting big things from their team, with sophomore Bruce Brown returning to compete for a championship and Walker joining other exciting wings such as Anthony Lawrence and Dejan Vasiljevic to fill out the roster around Brown. Those plans were halted when Brown went out with injury midway through the year, shoving Walker into the spotlight as the team’s star and over-extending other guy son the roster.

Walker will head to the NBA, where better spacing and more regimented roles will help him learn how he can impact the game and what situations to attack. Walker has talent, including some of the more valuable skills in the game as a pull-up jump-shooter and switchable defender. Minnesota might actually play their youngsters if they had options as great as Walker.