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.
The national champion UConn men’s basketball team was honored by President Barack Obama yesterday at the White House. The news editor of The Daily Campus, Nicholas Rondinone was in Washington, D.C. to cover the Huskies’ day in D.C. Here is the link to his story, photo included.
With Spring Weekend here, it’s time to continue the celebration of the 2011 UConn men’s basketball team. Here are YouTube clips, granted some are very poor quality, of a Kemba Walker highlight reel, his buzzer beater against Pitt and the endings to the Big East, West Regional and National championships. As a bonus, videos from 1999 and 2004, the Huskies’ previous two championships are included as well. Note: The Daily Campus does not own the rights to the videos.
The Pulse Network contacted us and wanted to speak to me about UConn basketball and the team’s chances to win it all. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to know what I think, but for the three of you who do care, click this link and give it a look. All things considered I think I did a decent enough job.
First of all, I just want to say that I love 2011. I’m on a Greyhound bus with Matt McDonough en route to Washington D.C. right now, and this bus has wifi, power outlets and everything. We’re even watching the Thunder vs. Heat game on ESPN3, on a bus. Amazing.
Anyway, tomorrow will mark the beginning of what will hopefully be a long trip to Houston. The UConn men’s basketball team opens their tournament with a matchup against 14-seeded Bucknell in the first round. For all intents and purposes, this is a game that the Huskies should win. After winning five games in five days to win the Big East, there’s no conceivable reason why UConn shouldn’t be able to take care of business.
But it’s called March Madness for a reason.
Recall the first round of the 2005 Tournament, when Bucknell, a 14-seed that year as well, upset Kansas. It’s still considered to be one of the biggest tournament upsets in history, and though the teams are different, you can never discount the possibility that it could happen again. Besides, UConn is no stranger to big upsets themselves, I hate to bring it up, but George Mason did happen too.
For full coverage of tomorrow’s game, grab the paper tomorrow and check out the tournament extra we’re running. Also, if you haven’t signed up for the Tourney Pick’em Challenge on Yahoo, you have until Noon tomorrow to do so.
I can’t even describe what I saw today. Kemba Walker’s buzzer beating shot absolutely blew the roof off the Garden, and capped off an instant classic that saw the Huskies come back from being down by as much as 12 points early.
I’ve had the good fortune of being at a lot of great sporting events, but this has to be near the top of the list. This was the first time in years that UConn has beaten Pittsburgh, and to do so in the Big East quarterfinals with Pitt being the No. 1 seed? Man…
I think most of you can tell that I’m really excited, and you’d be right. I am a little bummed out that I have to leave to attend to a prior commitment now, but to go out with that being the last memory? Guess I shouldn’t complain. In any case, Colin McDonough will be filling in for me, along with Matt, who’s been on the scene with me for each of the first three games.
Anyway, we’ve got a podcast for you all, along with the links to the last two day’s worth of stories. Shoutout to former DC Sports editor Kevin Duffy, who requested the Connecticast. Thanks for listening Duffy! Also a shoutout to WHUS’s Adam Giardino, who taught me how to actually embed the podcast in the blog post instead of doing it through a link.
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UConn Men’s Basketball
West Region - No. 3 Seed, 30-9 (9-9)
Last Game: 65-63 W vs. (5) Arizona (March 26)
Next Game: vs. (4) Kentucky (April 2, 8:49 p.m., Reliant Stadium, Houston.)
1 - Enosch Wolf
2 - Donnell Beverly
3 - Jeremy Lamb
4 - Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
5 - Niels Giffey
10 - Tyler Olander
13 - Shabazz Napier
15 - Kemba Walker
21 - Kyle Bailey
22 - Roscoe Smith
23 - Benjamin Stewart
25 - Michael Bradley
34 - Alex Oriakhi
35 - Charles Okwandu
UConn Women’s Basketball
Philadelphia Region No. 1 Seed, 36-1 (16-0)
Last Game: 75-40 W vs. (2) Duke (March 29)
Next Game: vs. (2) Notre Dame (April 3, 9 p.m., Canseco Field House, Indianapolis, Ind.)
3 - Tiffany Hayes
5 - Caroline Doty
12 - Lauren Engeln
14 - Bria Hartley
23 - Maya Moore
25 - Michala Johnson
30 - Lorin Dixon
31 - Stefanie Dolson
32 - Heather Buck
34 - Kelly Faris