Hurricanes basketball notes: Lonnie Walker, Chris Lykes honored; Chris Caputo interviews

Chris Caputo (second from left) has been by Jim Larranaga's side for 14 seasons. (Getty Images)

Chris Caputo (second from left) has been by Jim Larranaga’s side for 15 seasons. (Getty Images)

A couple notes from the Canes hoops side of things …

Five-star signee Lonnie Walker — arguably the most heralded basketball recruit Miami has ever had, at least in this millennium — is making an impression among a star-studded group at the McDonald’s All-American Game practices. Reports from camp say Walker “shot the lights out” and showed his usual length and athleticism.

A highlight tape:

What they said:

Walker also spoke to USA Today about his McDonald’s All-American experience, which culminates with the game (7 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN).

Last Saturday, Walker scored 22 points to lead Reading (Pa.) High to its first state title, a crowning achievement “for a program steeped in history and rooted deep into the heart of a troubled community,” PennLive.com wrote. Walker will always be a hero in Reading for that, and this: Rather than join an elite private school or prep program, Walker stayed at his public school and lifted the group that surrounded him growing up.

* Walker wasn’t the only Miami signee honored this week. Chris Lykes, the 5-foot-7 point guard from Gonzaga (D.C.), was named a USA Today third-team All-American.

[Related: Projecting the 2017-18 Hurricanes lineup]

* A tweet Tuesday from longtime Boston-area reporter Mark Blaudschun said UM associate head coach Chris Caputo, who has worked under Jim Larranaga his entire professional career, interviewed for the UMass job. To clarify, a source told The Post, that interview took place last week, before Pat Kelsey accepted and then backed out of the job. UMass did reach out to Caputo again, but hadn’t made a decision as of Tuesday afternoon.

Caputo, 36, is a 2002 graduate of Westfield (Mass.) State, located about 30 miles south of Amherst. He joined Larranaga’s staff at George Mason after college.

 

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