The rest of Miami basketball’s next wave has arrived on campus.
Transfer guard Miles Wilson and three freshmen — point guard Chris Lykes, wing Lonnie Walker and forward Deng Gak — enrolled and began summer classes Monday. They are able to participate in summer workouts, well in advance of UM’s October official practices.
Walker, a five-star recruit who garnered McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors, is arguably UM’s most ballyhooed recruit ever. ESPN rated the 6-foot-4, 192-pound shooting guard No. 12 among all players nationally and the second-best at his position.
Like sophomore guard Bruce Brown, Walker is a viewed as a potential NBA Draft lottery pick.
Lykes (5-7, 160) was a four-star prospect rated 46th nationally and 12th among point guards. Gak (6-10, 195) was 92nd overall and the 16th-best power forward. Forward Sam Waardenburg (6-9, 205), currently competing for New Zealand at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, is a 2017 recruit who enrolled in January and redshirted. He is not rated by ESPN, but considered a four-star-level prospect.
Wilson, a Mount St. Mary’s transfer, is the only newcomer who will not play this season. He will sit out to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
The Hurricanes could add another player, if one with mutual interest becomes available. UM has one scholarship open. Coach Jim Larranaga is particularly interested in graduate transfer forwards who can stretch the defense with shooting ability.
ESPN considers the freshmen class — including Waardenburg — the 10th-best in the country. That is Miami’s highest ESPN ranking ever. Ahead of the Hurricanes in year’s ESPN top 10 is Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, UCLA, Texas, Louisville, Missouri, Alabama and Florida State.
Miami is 13th in Scout’s rankings, ninth in 247Sports’ and 14th in Rivals’.