Kemba Walker NBA Draft: Is Walker Sure Thing to Enter 2011 NBA Draft?
Kemba Walker is looking to bring the NCAA national championship back to Storrs, Connecticut, as he leads his Huskies against the Butler Bulldogs tonight. While Walker is playing for the title, he may also be playing for a better projection for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Then again, maybe he has already decided that he is going to declare himself eligible for the draft, regardless of what happens tonight. But playing a solid all-around game en route to cutting down the nets as national champs could help Walker move up the draft boards of teams everywhere even more.
Walker is completing his junior season. He is one of the best players in the country, and has been throughout the majority of the season. And to that end, no one player has been more clutch this season than Walker.
He hit game-winners against Texas and Villanova in the regular season, carried the Huskies on his back for five wins in five days in the Big East Conference Tournament, and has now brought UConn to within one win of capturing a national championship.
Simply put, he has been incredible this season, and will probably enter the draft in June. But is it a foregone conclusion?
Of course not. Nothing is a guarantee. Not in basketball and not in life. But if Walker does win it all tonight, is there any possible reason why he would not leave the Huskies for the NBA?
Seth Davis of SI.com says that UConn will defeat Butler tonight, and Walker will be the biggest reason for that outcome.
"Kemba Walker isn't just a mega talent," says Davis. "He's the best leader who has played in this tournament since Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves. The bottom line is, Walker is a winner, and he doesn't mind if he has to win ugly. Because when you're the last team standing on Monday night, everything is beautiful."
Davis is correct. Walker is that good. And if certain players do return for their sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Walker could elevate himself to a top-five pick, depending on how things play out tonight. Nothing short of an injury could keep him in school after this game.
Knock on wood.
For more on the championship game tonight, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Contributor Matt Stein, who previews the NCAA Championship Game 2011: Can Kemba Walker Carry UConn to Victory?
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