By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor
The Charlotte Bobcats took Kemba Walker with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Walker, who led the UConn men’s basketball team to the 2011 national championship in April, will play in Charlotte.
Walker is the highest Husky selected since Hasheem Thabeet was taken second overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 draft. Walker is the first UConn player to be drafted by the Bobcats since fellow national champion Emeka Okafor was taken second overall in the 2004 draft.