Miami Basketball Recruits Are All Enrolled

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Brian 'Tugs' Bowen II
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Brian 'Tugs' Bowen II /

Miami Basketball’s 2017 recruiting class all enrolled in school earlier this week. The 2017-18 Miami Basketball season sets up to be one of the best in school history.

The Miami basketball program had already added forward Sam Waardenburg who enrolled in January. Prize recruit Lonnie Walker, his classmates Chris Lykes and Deng Gak and Sophomore transfer Miles Wilson guard all enrolled at the University of Miami earlier this week,

Those five are considered the great recruiting class in the history of Miami basketball. That comes on the heels of the best recruiting class in school history in 2016.

The quartet enrolled in school on Monday. Their enrollment allows them to participate in summer workouts.

Miami’s incoming class is rated as the 11th best overall class in the country. USA Today compiled a composite listing based on the four major recruiting services. Those are Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.

Walker is the biggest signing in Miami’s class. He is the 14th ranked composite player in the class of 2017. Walker is the highest ranked signee in Miami Basketball history.

He passes Dewan Huell and Bruce Brown who were the 22nd and 23rd ranked players in the class of 2016. They were the previously highest rated recruits for Miami.

Lykes is the 60th ranked player overall and 12th ranked point guard in the class of 2017. He is undersized at 5’7 but should become a fan favorite in Coral Gables. Lykes is an exciting player that should become the starting point guard as a Sophomore in 2018-19.

"Jim Larranaga said of his Freshman that he is “the Energizer bunny, up-tempo, high-energy, creative”."

Gak and Wilson are also prized recruits. He is a 6’11 forward from Blair Academy. Gak has an interesting back story. He was born in Somalia, raised in Australia and went to Prep School at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Among Blair’s alumni are Luol Deng.

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  • Wilson transfers to Miami after an outstanding Freshman season at Mount Saint Mary’s. The 6’5 guard from Reisterstown, Maryland was the Mount’s third leading scorer in 2016-17.

    Wilson shined in the Mountaineers third biggest games of last season. In their Northeast Conference Championship game and two NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 18 points, 9.3 rebounds two assists and 1.3 steals Wilson made 43.8 percent of his three-point attempts and 73.3 percent of his free throws.

    Wilson helped lead Mt. St. Mary’s to wins in the Northeast Conference Championship game over St. Francis (PA) and against New Orleans in the NCAA First Four. He had his biggest game in the Mountaineers loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round.

    He scored 22 points, hit five of his 13 threes and made all six of his free throws against the defending National Champions.

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    Wilson was a huge signee for Miami. He will have to sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer. With Ja’Quan Newton graduating and Sophomore guard, Bruce Brown and Walker expected to leave for the NBA after the season Wilson will be a key player in 2018-19.