Kemba Walker burst onto the 2011 NBA Draft scene by leading the nation in scoring early in the 2010-11 NCAA season, while carrying his UConn Huskies and making Jim Calhoun’s squad feared again.
Walker’s ability to score the ball at an elite level will surely get him a first look as a top prospect. For a breakdown of the rest of his game, read on.
NBA Position: Point Guard
Very athletic guard with great explosiveness and quickness. Can really take his man in any spot, and can get to the rim with ease. Despite his small stature, he is able to take a pounding, and shouldn’t have much trouble with penetration and taking it to the basket at the next level. Isn’t an elite passer, but rarely misses the easy pass or an open man. Very crafty and has a head on a swivel in transition. Natural scorer who knows how to carve up a defense, and has a killer instinct in terms of knowing when to take over. Has displayed the ability to defend at an elite level, and always has active hands. Solid court awareness. Can really stroke it from deep. His shot has gotten knocked, but there’s not much to hate about it. Overall, he’s an elite scorer that needs to simply keep improving as a passer.
Basically a shooting guard in a point guard’s body. Very under-sized and lacks great bulk. Not weak, but could stand to get stronger. His size won’t cripple his game at the next level, as he’s an elite athlete. However, his passing ability isn’t overly flashy or impressive, and his court awareness and vision needs improvement. He’s not the best at shot selection, and needs to work at picking his spots. Doesn’t always work within himself or within the flow of the game, and like many elite college scorers, can force the issue at the wrong times. Needs to add range to his jumper. Overall, he has the tools to man the point and defend the position at the next level, but he needs to get stronger and more consistent.
NBA Player Comparison: D.J. Augustin
Draft Projection: Top 20