Lonnie Walker IV Outstanding Reading High basketball season.
Reading High basketball star Lonnie Walker IV shares with Zeke the story of leading the Red Knights to a 28-4 season, their second straight Berks Conference title, their first District 3-AAAA title in six years, and their first trip to the PIAA semifinals in 33 years. Walker also tells Zeke about the remarkable bond and chemistry he has with his teammates, a group of friends who have been playing together since the fourth grade. "I'm not a selfish player," he tells Zeke. "I trust every single player on the team. They can do as well as I do." Lonnie also explains how special it was to be embraced so warmly by the community.
The city of Reading motivates him. Which is why he says this season was a dream accomplished -- playing for Reading High and doing something for the city of Reading. Lonnie grew up seeing a lot of good players leave the city because of the environment. He said his dad emphasized that you don't have to go anywhere to do well. You just have to work hard. Walker talks about the power of parents and having his dad a role model. "Growing up I thought it was impossible for me to play in Reading," he says. "I took on the challenge.
I worked out day and night with my father." He said the best compliment he received was from a 9-year-old kid who told him, "I'm actually happy to be a Red Knight. Thank you." Lonnie says when he heard that he realized why he was here in Reading. And listen to this story to hear his favorite part of this remarkable season.
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