Remember the name Kemba Walker because you are going to be hearing it for years to come in the NBA. After yet another stunning performance in lifting his Huskies over the second ranked San Diego State Thursday night, Walker put up 36 pivotal points to lead the team, it’s safe to say that Connecticut’s star guard is going to be lottery bound in the upcoming NBA draft.
It’s crazy the difference a couple of weeks can make.
Not to discount Walkers abilities but nobody had the Huskies in the Elite 8 and, honestly, why should they have? UConn finished the regular season losing 4 of 5 games and was on the outside looking in when it came to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Then came the Big East Tourney and all hell broke loose for UConn and college hoops as the Huskies went on a historic run that saw them win 5 straight games in 5 days to land the tourney crown and a spot in the big dance. This run was in large part thanks to the titanic effort of Walker, who threw his team on his back and willed them to where they are now.
"I’m just trying to do the best I can do," said Walker, who scored 12 straight points for UConn in the final minutes of their latest win. "Whether it’s scoring, talking, getting their confidence up or giving an assist, I’m just trying to do whatever is possible to enhance this team."
With as many games as these kids have played recently, you’d think that they would have wore down by now. I mean, it’s only natural that fatigue and the letdown of all these high emotions would eventually wear out Walker and his bunch, even though they are all in the 18-22 age range, but they keep trudging on behind the boundless energy of their on-court leader.
"The one thing I don’t want to beat us is fatigue," Walker said. "Do I get tired? Yeah, after the game. Not during it. I tell myself, ‘I’m not tired.’ … If it’s 40 minutes, I might as well play 40 minutes."
It’s hard to say how far these Huskies can go, right now they have the look of a contender, but one thing is for certain, if they do end up losing it won’t be due to a lack of effort, or confidence, by Walker.
Next up for Walker and the UConn Huskies is a date with Arizona. Arizona ousted #1 seed Duke to advance to the Elite 8.