March 9, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was announced today by the National Association of Basketball Coaches that UConn junior guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named to the All-District First Team. Walker is now eligible for NABC All-American honors to be announced during the Final Four on Saturday, April 2.
This marks the second major honor of the season for Walker after being named a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. Walker leads UConn and ranks fifth in the nation at 23.2 points per game. Walker has led the Huskies to a 22-9 overall record and a No. 19/21 national ranking.
On the season, Walker leads Connecticut with 4.3 assists while averaging 5.2 rebounds. He most recently led UConn over DePaul in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Walker is a finalist for most of the major end-of-season awards as well 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 21 games.
UConn will face Georgetown today at noon on ESPN in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The winner advances to face Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals on Thursday at noon on ESPN.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.
NABC District 5 First Team
Kemba Walker Connecticut
Ben Hansbrough Notre Dame
Austin Freeman Georgetown
Marshon Brooks Providence
Ashton Gibbs Pittsburgh