The UConn Huskies entered the 2010-2011 season unranked and virtually ignored by everyone outside of Storrs, CT. 3 consecutive upset wins in the opening week of the season the Maui invitational propelled them into the national spotlight. A very pedestrian 9-9 record in the Big East
during the regular season kept UConn in the top 25 throughout the year, although almost all of the hype had died down. Then, the Big East Tournament rolled around. UConn shocked the Big East and the world by winning 5 games in as many days to capture the Big East Tournament Championship. Kemba Walker was phenomenal, elevating his game by averaging 26 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. The best was yet to come. Kemba continued his outstanding play (23.5 pts, 6 rbs, 5.7 ast) en route to winning 6 more games on the national stage to become NCAA Tournament Champs. Walker played the roll of Superman all season, carrying the whole basketball program on his back and although he has another year of eligibility, it would almost be foolish for him to return to campus.
Kemba Walker Season Highlights:
- NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- Big East Tournament MVP
- Maui Invitation MVP
- All Big East 1st team
- AP All American
- 11 30 point games including a 42 point explosion against Vermont
- Only Career Triple-Double (24pts, 13rebs, 10asts) against UMBC
- 4th in the NCAA at 23.5 Points Per Game
Kemba was the undisputed, most exciting player in the NCAA this year. He scored at an unbelievable clip, introduced the world to Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier, completely disregarded every ranking coming into the season, played at a high level every night, and left us with one of the most entertaining buzzer beaters of our generation (see below).