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Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker
Walker with the Bobcats
No. 15 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-05-08) May 8, 1990
The Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school Rice (New York City, New York)
College Connecticut (2008–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA draft. Walker grew up in The Bronx, New York and graduated from Rice High School in 2008. Walker played college basketball for the Connecticut men's basketball team. In the 2010–11 season, Walker was unanimously selected for the All-Big East first team, Walker was the 2nd leading college basketball scorer in the United States and led the Huskies to the 2011 Big East championship and 2011 NCAA championship and was named as the tournament's most outstanding player for both championships.[2]

High school career

Walker attended Rice High School in Harlem, New York. In his junior year, Walker played against Simeon Career Academy and senior guard Derrick Rose in Madison Square Garden in a 53–51 win.[3] During Walker's senior year he averaged 18.2 points per game and 5.3 assists per game,[4] earning him a spot on the prestigious McDonald's All-American Team. Walker played for the New York Gauchos AAU basketball program with fellow Big East players Jordan Theodore, Darryl "Truck" Bryant, Devin Hill, and Danny Jennings. The team went on to finish #1 in the nation. Following high school he agreed to play for the University of Connecticut.

College career

Freshman Year

During his freshman year at UConn, Walker played in every game and was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. He helped the Huskies achieve a number one seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Despite starting in only two games he averaged 25.5 minutes per game, far more than any regular non-starter.[5] He also helped the Huskies go to the 2009 Final Four with a 23 point effort in the Elite Eight vs Missouri.[6]

Sophomore Year

Walker played and started all 34 games in 2009-2010 season. He contributed 14.6 points per game and led the Huskies in scoring for the eight times in the last nine games of the season with 18 points at Virginia Tech. Walker was named First Team USBWA All-District. Connecticut earned a 4 seed in 2010 National Invitation Tournament, but fell short to Virginia Tech as the Huskies finished a disappointing season going 18-16 (7-11) in conference play.[7]

Junior Year

Walker rose to national prominence in his junior year, twelve games into his junior campaign, Walker was the nation's leading scorer, averaging 26.7 points per game. In addition, he averaged five rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Walker appeared on one of the six regional covers Sports Illustrated.

In the 2011 Big East Tournament (during his junior year), Walker hit the game winning shot as time expired to beat #3 overall Pittsburgh and advance UConn to the semi-finals. He led UConn to victory over University of Louisville in the Big East Championship game and was named MVP for the tournament. Walker scored 130 points in five games, a Big East Tournament record and the most points scored in any conference tournament in the past 15 seasons. UConn became the first school to win five games in five days to earn a conference championship.[8]

On March 14, 2011, The United States Basketball Writers Association named Walker a first team All-American.[9] He was picked to the Second Team All-America by Fox Sports.[10] He was also a finalist for College Basketball Player of the Year honors due to his performance in the 2010-11 season. Although he finished second (to Jimmer Fredette), two journalists thought that Walker was the best player in college basketball that year.[11][12] Walker was named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award for the top point guard in the nation.[13] On April 4, 2011 Walker led the University of Connecticut with 16 points in winning the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, and was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.[14] Walker was added to the Huskies of Honor upon the team's return from Houston at a pep rally to celebrate the National Title. He became the first men's basketball player to receive the honor since inaugural class was announced in December 2006.[15]

College statistics

Connecticut 2008–09 36 2 25.2 .470 .271 .715 3.5 2.9 1.1 0.2 8.9
Connecticut 2009–10 34 34 35.2 .405 .339 .767 4.3 5.0 2.0 0.4 14.6
Connecticut 2010–11 41 41 37.6 .428 .330 .819 5.4 4.5 1.9 0.2 23.5
Career 111 77 32.8 .428 .325 .782 4.3 4.4 1.7 0.2 16.1

College Awards & Honors

NBA career

Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats

2011–12 season

Walker shoots during a game against the Houston Rockets, October 2013.

Walker announced that he would leave UConn to enter the 2011 NBA Draft on April 12. Walker was selected 9th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.[16] Walker signed a Multi-Year shoe deal with Under Armour, the first rookie from the 2011 Draft Class to do so.[17]

On December 11, 2011, he signed the rookie scale contract with the Bobcats,[18] and with the injury of point guard D. J. Augustin, he became their starting point guard. On January 28, 2012, in a home game against the Washington Wizards he achieved his first triple-double with 20 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, joining Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson as the only Bobcats in team history to record one.[19] Walker participated in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.

2012–13 season

On January 21, 2013, Walker scored a career-high 35 points against the Houston Rockets.[20] During the 2012-13 season, Walker was selected with teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge. Walker scored 8 points.

Kemba finished the 2012-13 season with averages of 17.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2 steals a game. He took significant strides over his rookie year.

2013–14 season

On December 9, 2013, Walker tied a season high 31 points in a 115-111 win over the Golden State Warriors. On December 18, 2013, he hit a buzzer-beating jump shot over Jonas Valančiūnas in overtime to beat the Toronto Raptors. He finished the night with 26 points and 5 rebounds on 10/18 shooting from the field.[21] On February 24, 2014, it was announced that Walker had won Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 22.5 points, 8.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds during the week. In a home victory against the Orlando Magic on April 4, 2014, Walker recorded his second career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Walker had a stellar game four in the Eastern Conference Playoffs first round against the Miami Heat with teammate Al Jefferson unable to play due to a Plantar fasciitis injury. He finished the game with a playoff franchise high 29 points along with 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. The effort came in a loss as the Heat completed a four game sweep of the Bobcats.[22]

2014–15 season

In the newly-renamed Charlotte Hornets' opening game against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 29, 2014, Walker led an impressive comeback in an overtime 108-106 victory. The Hornets were 24 points down by the fourth quarter before staging a comeback; Walker scored a three-point shot with 1.6 seconds remaining to force overtime before hitting the game winning shot as well. He finished the game with 26 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds.[23] The following day, he signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Hornets.[24][25] On December 5, 2014, Walker hit his second game-winner of the season in a 103-102 win over the New York Knicks.[26]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2011–12 Charlotte 66 25 27.2 .366 .305 .789 3.5 4.4 .9 .3 12.1
2012–13 Charlotte 82 82 34.9 .423 .322 .798 3.5 5.7 2.0 .4 17.7
2013–14 Charlotte 73 73 35.8 .393 .333 .837 4.2 6.1 1.2 .4 17.7
Career 221 180 32.9 .398 .322 .810 3.7 5.5 1.4 .4 16.0


2014 Charlotte 4 4 38.3 .473 .500 .778 3.8 6.0 2.0 0.8 19.5
Career 4 4 38.3 .473 .500 .778 3.8 6.0 2.0 0.8 19.5


Walker is the son of Paul and Andrea Walker.[27][28] His mother is a Crucian, raised in Antigua of Antiguan parentage, and his father is Antiguan. He has two brothers Akil and Keya and one sister Sharifa.

Walker is also a dancer. He performed three times at the Apollo Theater for the TV show Showtime at the Apollo.[29]

On June 21, 2011, Walker released a mixtape in collaboration with DJ Skee and Skee Sports. The mixtape features songs inspired by and inspiring to Walker.[30]


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  2. ^ "Kemba Walker profile on". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ Lawlor, Christopher (January 11, 2007). "Chicago standout Rose takes stage in New York". USA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kemba Walker Rice Basketball Stats 07-08". MaxPreps. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ uconn huskies' team stats
  6. ^ Roger Rubin (March 28, 2009). "Freshman Kemba Walker's 23 points helps UConn outlast Missouri".  
  7. ^ "Kemba Walker Bio". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Connecticut Huskies vs. Louisville Cardinals - Recap". ESPN. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Walker named All-American". The Day. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  10. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams".  
  11. ^ Hard to argue Walker's POY candidacy, Jeff Goodman,
  12. ^ Bronx product Kemba Walker has dazzled fans with clutch play at UConn, Kevin Armstrong, NY Daily News
  13. ^ Report: Kemba Walker wins Bob Cousy Award, accessed March 31, 2011
  14. ^ UConn defeats Butler 53-41 for 3rd national title, Fox Sports, Associated Press
  15. ^ , April 5, 2011Journal Register News ServiceUConn Men Celebrate With Thousands of Fans; Kemba Walker's Jersey Retired.
  16. ^ "Sources: Kemba Walker going pro". April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Kemba Walker signs multi-year deal with Under Armou". Digital Sports Scene. Retrieved 7/5/11. 
  18. ^ "Charlotte Bobcats Sign Guard Kemba Walker".  
  19. ^ "JaVale McGee scores 22, adds 10 boards to guide Wizards past Bobcats again".  
  20. ^ Kemba Walker Career Stats
  21. ^ Bobcats’ Kemba Walker drains overtime game winner to beat Raptors (VIDEO)
  22. ^ Notebook: Heat 109, Bobcats 98
  23. ^ Walker lifts Hornets over Bucks in OT, 108-106
  25. ^ Kemba Walker gets $48M extension
  26. ^ Walker, Hornets sink Knicks 103-102 to end skid
  27. ^ Begley, Ian (June 19, 2007). "Walk this way: Kemba can relax, now that he's settled on Connecticut".  
  28. ^  
  29. ^ Rubin, Roger (November 25, 2009). "UConn's Kemba Walker retraces steps to Manhattan's Rice High School". New York Daily News. 
  30. ^ Phillips, Aron (June 21, 2011). "Kemba Walker Drops The “EZ Pass” Mixtape With DJ Skee". Dime Magazine. 

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