University of Miami freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft Wednesday with the intent to hire an agent.
Unfortunately, the young freshman committed two costly errors within in the final 26 seconds of Miami’s opening round game of the NCAA Tournament that ultimately allowed 11-seed Loyola-Chicago to hit a game-winning shot in the finals seconds and eliminate the 6-seed Hurricanes in a 64-62 thriller Thursday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
After leading 14-0 almost halfway through the first half, No. 24 Miami was outscored 82-51 over the final 30 minutes to fall 82-65 to North Carolina Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in The Barclays Center.
Ja’Quan Newton hit a running 30-footer at the horn to help Miami upset No. 9 North Carolina 91-88 in a wild finish Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes (15-5, 4-4 ACC) will be without the services of guard Bruce Brown Jr. – who will undergo foot surgery and miss approximately six weeks according to a release sent out by the school Tuesday.
Duke freshman guard Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 30 points and No. 5-ranked Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night.
Miami smothered Pittsburgh when it mattered in a 67-53 victory on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.