The 11th over all pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Kemba Walker was seen by many as the best player in that draft. He was already a great player, but his stock rose considerably after leading UConn to five wins in five days for the Big East Championship, followed by six more wins, which won the Huskies the National Title.
“It was amazing. I worked my way to get to that point so all my hard work paid off for me. It was a fun time, I had great teammates who I am still in contact with. It’s something I can look back on when I get older,” Walker told Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports while celebrating his 22nd birthday in New York City.
The Bronx Native who attended Rice High School just finished up his rookie season in the NBA, scoring 12.1 points per game and dishing out 4.4 assists per game.
“It means a lot. A lot of my friends are here, a lot of my family. I wouldn’t rather spend it with anybody else. Kevin one of my good friends form High School put this together, I am just happy. I am just having fun,” he said.
Walker recorded his first career triple-double in January, and said the transition to the NBA was a difficult one.
“It’s been pretty tough it’s a different game. I had a rough season, me and my team. But the only thing it can do is make me stronger. I am just going to stay positive and hopefully we can have a better season next year,” he said.
The Bobcats finished with a record of 7-59 this season, not that it was Walker’s fault. But he still said he has room for improvement.
“Everything. Even the things I am good at. Just try to be great at it. Like I said, just keep on working hard,” Walker said.
For a 22-year old, he has a pretty good head on his shoulders, and off the court, he gives back as much as he can, running basketball camps and helping kids.
“It’s really important. When basketball is over, I want to be known as that guy who’s known for giving back to the community. I want to be that guy who can go back and people will be happy to see me. I just love putting smiles on peoples faces, so whatever I can do to help, I do it,” he told Class Act Sports.