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Height/Weight: 6’1''/175 pounds
Kemba Walker established himself as one of the best players in the NCAA from the very first game of the season, and carried UCONN all the way to an NCAA championship.
Walker’s ball handling is unparalleled in this year’s draft. He is very quick with the ball, can get by defenders at will, and has great change of direction. His speed from end to end make him scary in transition as he excels in the open court.
He is a smart player who knows when to dominate with his scoring and also when to get his teammates involved. He has drastically improved his shooting and is as consistent a mid-range shooter as you’ll find in the NCAA. Additionally, he is working hard to keep improving his three pointer.
Walker absorbs contact when going to the rim and gets to the free throw line frequently. When going to the rim though, he keeps his head on a swivel and willingly dishes the ball when the defense collapses.
Also, he is a pesky defender who plays the passing lanes well.
Walker is the fiercest competitor in this draft, proven by how he didn’t let UCONN lose any games in tournament play the entire year. His competitiveness and heart will be his best assets in the NBA.
NBA comparison: Deron Williams
Like Deron Williams, Walker is an outstanding scorer from all angles.
Although guaranteed to get his own points, he will also have a high volume of assists because of his smart decisions with the ball. Also like Williams, Walker has devastating crossovers which make defenders not want to play him closely.