HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies speaks to the media after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kemba Walker Announces 2011 NBA Draft Entry At Press Conference

Kemba Walker announced he'll turn pro, and Jim Calhoun says the UConn star could go as high as No. 1.

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Kemba Walker Announces 2011 NBA Draft Entry At Press Conference

Kemba Walker announced Tuesday that he'll forego his final season of Connecticut Huskies basketball to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. He said he hasn't chosen an agent yet, which likely raised hopes around Storrs for a tick, but added, "there's no chance I'm coming back."

Coach Jim Calhoun said NBA teams have declared Walker a top-10 pick, with one team assigning him a No. 1 overall grade. If he went tops, he'd be the second UConn basketball player this year to be taken first, after Maya Moore starred in the WNBA Draft on Monday.

Walker is on course to graduate from UConn in May.

Both Walker and Calhoun described the draft decision as timely. It very well could be perfect timing, with Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones III, and possibly Harrison Barnes remaining in the college ranks. Walker's draft stock was already soaring before he even announced his choice to go pro.

For more on Kemba Walker and UConn sports, visit The UConn Blog.

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Kemba Walker Announcing 2011 NBA Draft Decision At Press Conference Tuesday

Kemba Walker is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday on whether or not he'll enter the 2011 NBA Draft. The Connecticut Huskies aren't commenting on his decision, but word is he's leaving, according to the Hartford Courant's Mike Anthony. Not that that's a big surprise, since who calls a press conference just to announce nothing's changing?

Walker is projected as a comfortable lottery pick, going No. 6 to the Sacramento Kings in SBNation.com's latest NBA mock draft. The Kings may not actually pick No. 6, of course, but you have to start mocking somewhere.

The star who led the team to a Big East Tournament title run and followed it with a national championship game win will be remembered as one of the best players in school history -- whenever he decides to leave, of course. In his final (probably!) season he averaged 23.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.

For more on Kemba, visit The UConn Blog.

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