Jan. 7, 2011
Storrs, Conn. -
It was announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club that UConn junior guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30. Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Walker has also been named by Sporting News as a midseason All-American and the midseason Player of the Year.
Walker is one of five players from the BIG EAST named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top-30. He joins Providence's Marshon Brooks, Georgetown's Austin Freeman, Syracuse's Rick Jackson and Pittsburgh's Brad Wanamaker.
Walker currently leads the nation in scoring at 26.1 points per game while averaging 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. Walker also leads the BIG EAST in steals at 2.3 per game.
The junior guard has been sensational to start the season. He tied an XL Center and Jim Calhoun-era record against Vermont on November 17 with 42 points. Walker led UConn to the Maui Invitational Championship and was named the Tournament MVP after scoring 31 points (23 in the second half - a Jim Calhoun-era record) against Wichita State, 30 against No. 2 Michigan State and 30 in the victory over No. 8 Kentucky in the championship.
He's scored 30 points five times this season and recorded a triple-double against UMBC on December 3 with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Walker's 339 points through 13 games are the most in UConn history.
Walker has led the Huskies to an 11-2 record and a No. 8/9 national ranking.
UConn is in action next when it travels to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 12/12 Longhorns on ESPN at 3:30.
Sporting News Midseason All-Americans:
Nolan Smith, Guard - Duke
Kemba Walker, Guard - Connecticut - Midseason Player of the Year
Jordan Hamilton, Forward - Texas
JaJuan Johnson, Forward - Purdue
Jared Sullinger, Center - Ohio State