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    BIG EAST Names Kemba Walker Men's Basketball Player of the Week

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    Kemba Walker scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half at Rutgers on Saturday.

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    Kemba Walker scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half at Rutgers on Saturday.
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    Feb. 22, 2010

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    STORRS, Conn. - For the first time in his career, University of Connecticut men's basketball guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named the Player of the Week as announced by the BIG EAST on Monday. This is the first weekly honor for the sophomore who earned a spot on last season's All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.

    Walker led the Huskies to an upset victory at No. 3 Villanova on Feb. 15, scoring a career-high 29 points. He narrowly missed out on his fourth double-double of the season with nine rebounds in the 84-75 victory over the Wildcats. On Saturday, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead UConn over Rutgers, 76-58.

    The 6-1 guard averaged 22.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game while helping the Huskies to a 2-0 week in BIG EAST action. He led UConn with a 89.5 percent free-throw shooting percentage and was a combined 6-of-11 from behind the arc.

    Currently, Walker is 21st in the NCAA with 5.65 assists per game. He leads the team in that category and is second in the BIG EAST. Walker is third on the team with a 14.1 point per game average.

    The Huskies (16-11, 6-8) host West Virginia at the XL Center for a 7 p.m. tip on Monday. Tickets are still available (http://www.uconnhuskies.com/tickets/) for tonight's game as well as the regular season home finale against Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.