March 6, 2011
Storrs, Conn. - It was announced today by the BIG EAST Conference that UConn junior guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team. Freshmen Jeremy Lamb (Norcross, Ga.) and Shabazz Napier (Randolph, Mass.) were named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
This marks the third straight season Walker has been honored with a postseason award by the BIG EAST Conference. He was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team as a sophomore and to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman.
Walker currently ranks second in the BIG EAST and tied for fourth in the nation at 23.1 points per game. On the season, he's averaging 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Walker also ranks tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 1.9 steals per game. In BIG EAST play, Walker has put home 21.7 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Walker is a staple on many of the top postseason awards lists including the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard. He was previously named the Sporting News Midseason Player of the Year. He's scored 30 or more points eight times this season while breaking 20 points in 20 games.
Lamb earns All-Rookie honors after averaging 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. He started 29 of 30 games for the Huskies in his first season. Lamb became more of an offensive threat for UConn in conference play, ranking second on the team with 10.8 points per game in 18 BIG EAST contests. Lamb was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks on February 7 and January 31.
Napier averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 assists per game off the bench for UConn this season. The rookie guard was a constant presence on the defensive end for Connecticut as he averaged 1.6 steals per game. In BIG EAST action, Napier scored 8.3 points per night to go along with 3.2 assists. He was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday, January 10 after scoring 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting in the overtime victory at Texas and a then-season-high 18 points with five assists at Notre Dame.
UConn earned the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will face No. 16 DePaul on Tuesday at noon on ESPN2. All games at the BIG EAST Tournament will be played at famed Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-3.5, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
*Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, G, Sr., 6-3, 206, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Marshon Brooks, Providence, G-F, Sr., 6-5, 200, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dwight Hardy, St. John's, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Bronx, N.Y.
*denotes unanimous selection
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Preston Knowles, Louisville, G, 6-1, 190, Winchester, Ky.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-4, 210, Philadelphia, Pa.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Ct.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec
Corey Stokes, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 220, Bayonne, N.J.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, So., 5-11, 180, Seattle, Wash.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, So., 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, Pa.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-4, 215, White Plains, N.Y.
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G-F, 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Randolph, Mass.
*Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Fr., 6-8, 210, Baltimore, Md.
Brandon Young, DePaul, G, Fr., 6-3, 175, Washington, D.C.
Gilvydas Biruta, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-8, 230, Jonava, Lithuania
*denotes unanimous selection