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Kemba Walker Starting to Lead by Performance

By Dan Dinunzio

UConn point guard Kemba Walker has had his share of troubles during his Sophomore campaign. Early on in the season his ability to run the offense has come into questions and put Kemba Walker in the spotlight.

Walker, who comes from the Bronx and played high school basketball at Rice High School has only excelled in recent games. With his teams season on the line, Walker has taken the initiative to carry this team with his performance on the court.

After all it was Walker last season as a freshman who scored 23 points in an elite eight game against Missouri that moved UConn into the Final Four. He has the skills to lead this team on a deep run in the tournament and it seems he is ready to prove his naysayers wrong.

Last week, at Villanova Walker was brillant in an 84-75 win that UConn needed desperately to stay in the talks of receiving an NCAA Tournament bid. He scored a career high 29 points and was an outstanding 14-16 from the free throw line.

UConn has three strong seniors in Stanley Robinson, Jerome Dyson, and Gavin Edwards. With that being said as productive as those three have been thus far this season, the sky is the limit with the way Kemba Walker is starting to play.

The McDonalds All-American came back strong on Saturday at Rutgers after twisting an ankle in the first half. His three three pointers in the second half were in the words of Jim Calhoun "Daggers" to any chance of Rutgers winning the game.

It seems when Walker plays with the fire and intensity of the past two games, UConn has played like an NCAA Tournament team. Tonight's test against top 10 team West Virginia is yet another test for Walker and company to show the college basketball world that they are a force to be well aware of come NCAA Tournament time.

With four games left in the season, UConn still has plenty of opportunity to make a run as the calendar turns to March. Watch out for this team come the Big East tournament March 9-13. UConn hasn't won a Big East Tournament game since 2005 and they are well overdue for a run in the conference tournament after last year's monumental six overtime classic against Syracuse.

Much of how this season ends up finishing will be on the shoulders and in the hands of point guard Kemba Walker. The way his jumpshot has improved could ultimately be a big difference maker in close games down the stretch.

For every chest bump and enormous smile Kemba has given this season all will be justified if he can lead this team to the Sweet 16 and beyond.

Nonetheless, this Connecticut team has the potential and talent to contend with the best teams in college basketball.

Now it is time to go out and get the job done.

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