Storrs, Conn. – After leading Connecticut to back-to-back victories against Rutgers and DePaul in BIG EAST action, UConn junior guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week. Walker averaged 24.5 points in two victories to put No. 10/9 UConn at 3-2 in conference play and 14-2 overall. This is the second time Walker has earned the award this season.
On Saturday, January 15, Walker scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half while adding five assists and three steals to lead UConn to an 82-62 victory at DePaul. It was his sixth 30-point performance of the season. On Tuesday, January 11, Walker put home a game-high 18 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 67-53 victory over Rutgers in Hartford, Conn.
Walker leads the BIG EAST and ranks second in the nation at 25.6 points per game. He also leads the BIG EAST with 2.3 steals per contest.
Walker will look to lead UConn over No. 7/7 Villanova in Gampel Pavilion today at 3:30 p.m. That game will be televised live on ESPN as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.