words // Brandon Richard
They think you hear them coming, and in case you don’t, Under Armour has added another big time scoring guard to their growing basketball roster. According to a report from CNBC’s Darren Rovell, former University of Connecticut guard and 2011 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kemba Walker has agreed to terms with Under Armour on a multi-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.
After being selected 9th Overall by Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats in last month’s NBA Draft, many fans pondered a Jordan Brand future for the 2011 Cousy Award winner. Instead, Walker has an opportunity to join names like Brandon Jennings and Greivis Vasquez in helping establish Under Armour as a top-tier basketball footwear and apparel brand. Kemba is also the first player from this year’s draft class to sign a sneaker endorsement deal.
In a statement made on Twitter, Kemba said, “I am officially apart of the UA fam!! I’m hype!!”
We’ll continue to keep you posted on this new development as more information comes about. In the meantime, let us know what you think about Kemba joining Under Armour Basketball?
Kemba Walker in the Jordan 6-17-23.
words // Nick Engvall
Normally, our NCAA Watch coverage is limited to the games on hand. However, with a couple days off in the tournament this week, it seemed like a great opportunity to spotlight some of the premier players in this year’s tournament.
UCONN guard Kemba Walker gets the honor of being the first spotlighted player. Walker slipped on the newly released Jordan 6-17-23 just a game or two before making a storied run through the Big East Tournament. Walker’s performance in the Big East Tournament led UCONN to their first Conference Tournament Championship since 2004, also the same year they last won the NCAA Tournament. Kemba’s 130 points, 32 rebounds, 21 assists, and 14 steals and one block landed him the David R. Gavitt Most Outstanding Player Award for the tournament.
This being Kemba’s junior year at Connecticut, his scoring average is at a career high of 23.6 per game. Kemba raised his career high in scoring to 42 early this season against Vermont. He then landed the first triple-double of his career a few games later against UMBC with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
With his stock steadily rising, it’s hard to not think about where he might place in the NBA Draft, but first Kemba Walker will lead the Huskies against their toughest opponent of the tournament: San Diego State.
Take a look back at some of the shoes Kemba has worn through his college career, and his apparent affection for Jordan shoes.
Kemba Walker in the Jordan Retro 12 Varsity Red/White.
Kemba Walker in the Jordan Retro 11 Space Jam.
Kemba Walker in the Jordan Retro 11 CDP.
Kemba Walker in the Jordan Retro 12 CDP.
Kemba Walker in the Jordan Retro 12 Flu Game.
Kemba Walker in the all-black Nike Zoom LeBron 6.
words // Nick Engvall
Last week’s NCAA Eastbay Player of the Week came from what seems to be everyone’s choice to win the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler. Over the last week, however, one player stepped it up above all others in a way that has never been seen before, literally.
UCONN’s Kemba Walker was nothing short of spectacular over the last week. On top of leading the Huskies to five straight wins in five days, he set a record for the most points ever in the Big East Tournament with 130. Of course, over the five wins, Kemba Walker not only took home the David R. Gavitt Most Outstanding Player award, but solidified himself as a lottery pick should he choose to forego his senior year at the University of Connecticut.
Walker’s best game of the Big East Tournament came against Syracuse, where he had 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals. It will likely be the game before that semi-final matchup that most people will remember, though. Against Pitt, as time expired, Kemba hit a step-back game winner from just inside the three-point line.
Kemba Walker finished the Big East Tournament with 130 points, 32 rebounds, 21 assists and 14 steals. He even blocked a shot for good measure in the game against Georgetown.
Walker and UCONN will take on Bucknell on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
Kemba Walker of UCONN in the Jordan 6-17-23.