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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Another award for Kemba

Walker Named State Farm NABC All-American
Walker is a Consensus First Team All-American

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today that UConn’s Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) is a First Team All-American. Walker leads UConn against Kentucky in the Final Four at 8:49 p.m. Eastern time tonight on CBS.

With today’s honor, Walker becomes a Consensus All-American. Walker has now been named First Team All-American by the NABC, USBWA, Sporting News, the Associate Press and the Los Angeles Athletic Club which will present the prestigious Wooden Award next week. Earlier this week, Walker was named the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award presented to the nation’s top point guard.

The junior guard has been sensational for UConn this season, leading the Huskies to a 30-9 overall record, including the BIG EAST Tournament Championship.

Walker enters the Final Four averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 three pointers made per game. Over four games in the NCAA Tournament, Walker has taken his domination to another level, averaging 26.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 three pointers made per game.

UConn’s point guard enters tonight’s Final Four matchup against Kentucky as Connecticut’s single-season record holder with 931 points, 705 field goals attempted, 247 free throws made, 302 free throws attempted, 1466 minutes played and an average of 37.6 minutes per game. He needs just three field goals made to take over the single-season record and seven free throws made to become UConn’s career leader.

Walker looks to lead UConn to its third National Championship with two more victories this weekend. The Huskies face Kentucky tonight (Saturday) at 8:49 p.m. Eastern time. A Connecticut victory will see the Huskies take on the winner of Virginia Commonwealth or Butler in the NCAA Championship at 9:23 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 4. All remaining games will be televised on CBS.

NABC First Team All-Americans
G Kemba Walker – Connecticut
G Nolan Smith – Duke
G Jimmer Fredette – BYU
F/C Jajuan Johnson – Purdue
C Jared Sullinger – Ohio State

Second Team All-Americans
G Ben Hansbrough – Notre Dame
F Kyle Singler – Duke
F Marcus Morris – Kansas
F Derrick Williams – Arizona
F Jordan Hamilton – Texas


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