Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 11:34 am  |  12 responses

Kemba Walker Feels Sick, Scores 42 Points

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Despite being just a junior, Kemba Walker is the elder statesman in the UConn starting five, and because of that he has the chief responsibility of leading the Huskies back into the NCAA tournament. If Wednesday night’s game against Vermont was any indication of how he will handle that responsibility, then we might want to pencil the Huskies into our brackets already.

Walker torched Vermont for 42 points, 21 in each half, as he shattered his previous career-high of 29 points en route to an 89-73 victory. The 42 points tied the record for the most by a UConn player in Hartford, previously set my Clifford Robinson in 1987.

Even more remarkable, Walker did all this without feeling 100 percent for the entire game.

From TheDay.com:

“We struggled just about the entire game,” coach Jim Calhoun said. “But Kemba’s performance was pretty special. Every time we needed something, he got it. He also led us in rebounding. He played with great determination.

“He got stomach cramps and had them right off the bat. Thank God, he recovered.”

Walker, a projected-first round pick, is a rare anonymous star at UConn due to the team’s lack of success last season. The Bronx native will get his chance this season to show what he can do with an inexperienced supporting cast, and sometimes that means putting up 42 points.

From The Hartford Courant:

Flicking that switch, making the game primarily about one’s self for the benefit of the team, can be a tricky call. But it clearly wasn’t Wednesday, when Walker was surrounded by listless teammates and confronted by defenders who were clearly no match.

“I just had to take matters into my own hands,” said the 6-foot-1 junior. “[Other] guys didn’t want to shoot. That’s what it looked like.”

Walker might need a few more 40-point performances in the near future as the Huskies take part in the Maui Invitational next week, a field that includes Michigan State, Kentucky and Washington.

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  • mike

    best PG in the country?

  • add

    i still remember when he was a freshman. he was pretty good back then too.

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  • underdog

    Clifford Robinson!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Yeah I remember him coming out of high school, he was a decent freshman at UConn but just looking at his performances it nevere seemed that he could be this kind of scorer. Will he did have to play behind Price and Dyson quite a bit, seems like the reigns are all his now………speaking of Jerome Dyson, anyone know his whereabouts. He always had a poise that I felt would certaintly make him a great NBA guard down the line…never too late anyways

  • http://yahoo.com Big O.

    He plays witha chip on his shoulders; a little guy with toughness. The way he touch that game over reminds me Iverson. His game is nba ready; a top 20 pick in next year draft. He is a complete player, just needs to stays focus and not over dribble which he tends to do sometimes.

  • Lucas

    @ Mike. No, that would be Jimmer Fredette.

  • http://slamonline.com David Cassilo

    @Lucas Fredette might have a case for best scoring point guard, but when we look at all-around PG it has to be Kyrie Irving

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Josh selby

  • mike

    @ Lucas -Jimmer Fredette will be a second round pick. He is not an NBA-level athlete. Irving has the most potential and the best supporting cast. Kemba will surprise some people this year; he is must improved.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol Jimmer Freddette best PG in the country???? c’mon son. Good scorer, good shooter, but c’mon son…….c’mon son…..

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