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One of the big name recruits that I think might get lost in the shuffle for the Syracuse basketball program’s 2017 cycle is Lonnie Walker. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard (who can also play a little bit of small forward in a pinch) released his top five tonight, and Syracuse made the cut.

Syracuse is going to need to go hard at a lot of wing players in the 2017 recruiting class, and landing Walker would be a heck of a coup. The Reading, Pennsylvania native is rated as the No. 19 player in the class of 2017 by ESPN and No. 23 by Scout. He’s a little bit of a “do-it-all” type of player, who can score, handle, pass, rebound, and defend.

Basically, if this were baseball, we’d be calling him a five tool player.

Walker is a strong, powerful kid with good athleticism. He’s not a lights out shooter from the perimeter, but that’s not to say he can’t knock down a few treys here and there. Walker is a good finisher with a high basketball IQ, and has good vision for a guy who plays off the ball. He’s a good passer and just knows how to play the game. Walker would be an enormous pickup for Syracuse, as the Orange will likely be taking 3-4 perimeter players in this year’s recruiting class.

The other teams in Walker’s top five include Villanova (thought by many to be the favorite at this stage), Arizona, Kentucky (obviously, another serious threat), and Miami.

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