2011 Draft Prospect Profile - Kemba Walker
|Kemba Walker enters the 2011 NBA Draft as an early-entry draft candidate after an incredible junior season in which he led the University of Connecticut Huskies to the NCAA championship. Averaging 23.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.5 apg and 1.9 spg, Walker was named a consensus first-team All-American and he won the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation’s top point guard.|
What they're saying:
Draft Express: While his spot shooting ability is still in its early stages of development, he's already an extremely dangerous shooter from the mid-range in spot-up and pick-and-pop situations, while his three-point attempts and percentages both gradually increased as the season went on.
ESPN: A top college star, Walker has the speed, ability to attack the rim and newfound accuracy on his jumper to make him virtually unstoppable. The only things holding Walker back from a top-5 selection are his lack of size and the fact that he’s more a scorer than a pure point guard.
NBADraft.net: A point guard with amazing speed, his quickness and ability to change direction make him the player he is ... Slick with the ball in his hands, Walker has great potential if he's able to fix a few flaws in his game ... His shot isn't fully there yet, however it improved dramatically from his freshman year to his sophomore year ... He's become a better spot up shooter, and his pull-up jumper off the dribble is what will propel him to become and effective guard at the next level ... Doesn't have consistent range yet, but he has a smooth and fluent motion, leaving the door open to hitting 3 pointers in the NBA ... Has a good feel for the pick and roll, an important quality to be successful in the pros ... He's very effective getting into the paint, which not only opens up opportunities for himself, but his teammates as well ... For his size (5'11), he finishes pretty well around the rim ... He's explosive, and has a quick first step ... His aggressive nature enables him to shoot 6 free throws per game ... He has above average vision with the ball, showing the ability to hit the open man, open up the floor, or thread the needle ... Defensively, he plays in your face on the perimeter, and his quickness allows him to keep his man in front of him ... His athletic ability and defensive awareness get him 2 steals, which illustrate his ability to read passing lanes ...
MyNBADraft: Fierce competitor and great scorer, reminds many of former UCONN alum Ben Gordon. He likes to wear a smile on his face and plays with tremendous confidence and not afraid of carrying the team on his back.
NBA Draft Depot: Perhaps no player has elevated his draft stock as much as Kemba Walker this season. While we generously projected Walker in the mid-first, most scouts were projecting Walker as a late 20s selection. As of mid-February, Walker appears in line to be taken in the lottery as a result of his stellar play. Clearly, Walker can score, but he has really improved as a shooter and creator. Because he is still somewhat of a combo guard lacking ideal size, it will be interesting to observe his stock throughout the process.