Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.
Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has drawn attention for some recent comments about former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.
After Anthony captured his record third gold medal with USA Basketball, his former college coach told Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard that Anthony didn’t have a great chance at winning an NBA title.
“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.”
Boeheim maintains that he was speaking of Melo’s legacy being about more than an NBA title and that he’s one of the game’s greats thanks to other accomplishments like the Syracuse title and gold medals. On SportsCenter, Boeheim made sure to stress where those comments were coming from, while also making sure his kids would stop being mad at him.
It’s much easier to understand where Boeheim is coming from in this instance and it clears up something that will probably go away now.
The Big Ten released its 2016-17 conference schedule on Thursday as the conference season begins on Dec. 27 with a four-game set.
Conference play will conclude on March 5th before the 20th annual Big Ten Tournament is played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12.
Some notable games include Penn State hosting Michigan State at the Palestra on Jan. 7.
You can view the full Big Ten schedule here.
Tennessee freshman Kwe Parker is going to be one of the dunkers to keep an eye on this season as he’s among the best leapers to come out of high school in quite some time.
The 6-foot-2 Parker has ridiculous bounce and he put down a ridiculous self-tip in the Tennessee practice facility that was posted on Twitter.
Hopefully Parker will get some chances to play above the rim during the season as he’s incredibly fun to watch in the open floor.
Arizona State is going to have some new faces this season and their frontcourt is going to be a question mark thanks to some injuries.
According to Chris Karpman of Scout.com, freshman Vitaliy Shibel has a torn ACL and will be out for the season. Besides the 6-foot-9 Shibel being gone, top-100 prospect and power forward Romello White is awaiting word on his eligibility.
Redshirt freshman Andre Adams is also coming off of his second knee injury, so it will be interesting to see how he’s able to look in the early stages of the season.
The Sun Devils do have two freshman entering in Jethro Tshisumpa and Ramon Vila and senior forward Obinna Oleka is also back. They’ll have some talent but the rotation is far from set as practice begins in a few months. For Arizona State’s sake, they have to hope White is eligible and Adams is healthy so that it gives them more depth to start the season while also developing young players.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has previously expressed a desire to coach a game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia and it appears he’ll get his chance in a Big Ten game this season.
According to a release from Penn State and first reported by Brendan F. Quinn of MLive, Penn State will use the Palestra as its home gym for the Jan. 7, 2017 Big Ten game against Michigan State. It is the only time the two teams are scheduled to play during Big Ten season and Penn’s home gym will offer a unique setting for the game.
Since the capacity of the Palestra is 8,722, it should make for a fun atmosphere for both programs since this will be a game both fan bases will likely want to attend.
“We cannot wait to take the Big Ten into Philadelphia this season,” Penn State head coach Pat Chambers said in the release. “It is always an incredible experience to play in the Palestra and we are honored to do it this time as the home team. We have so many ties to the city as a program and we look forward to connecting with the alumni and fans in the area.
“I want to thank the Big Ten Conference for working with us to make this game happen, and allowing our vision of playing a Big Ten game in the Palestra to come to fruition.”
With Chambers making Philadelphia a major recruiting priority for his program, a game like this in Philadelphia makes sense while Michigan State has always been open to playing games in unique settings such as aircraft carriers.
The Palestra has been a college basketball mainstay since it was built in 1927 as it hosts all Penn home games and, in the past, hosted a lot of Big 5 Philadelphia college games between La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova.
Overall, a fun idea that should make for an interesting experience for both programs. It’s not often that a team will change its home venue for a conference game, but it could be the start of something we see other schools look to do.