Spurs select Lonnie Walker IV with first-round pick

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Weeks before the NBA draft, league sources hinted to the Express-News that the Spurs were targeting an athletic wing or explosive guard. On Thursday night, they got their man.

The Spurs selected Lonnie Walker IV 18th overall, adding to their young core of players that include Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Kyle Anderson, three of the last four players drafted, and on the roster, since 2014.

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Walker, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from the University of Miami, averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 assists in his only season with the Hurricanes.

Walker, 19, is praised for his athleticism, play-making ability, and basketball IQ.

"Explosive scorer and athlete," one NBA executive told the Express-News.

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Added an NBA scout: "He's a power guard. Very explosive to the rim, scores at all levels. He wants the ball in his hands. He has the ability to be a great defender."

Unless the Spurs move up, their next pick will come in the second-round, 49th overall.

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