KEMBA WALKER, 2008: NO. 12
Kemba Walker, a high-profile recruit in the 2008 class out of New York, chose UConn over a host of other offers, including Memphis, Florida State and Miami. Walker was somehow just the fifth-ranked point guard in his class, trailing behind top-overall recruit Brandon Jennings, as well as Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Willie Warren.
Walker, who eventually earned the moniker Cardiac Kemba while in college, went on to have an incredible career at UConn. In particular, his junior year – where he averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, and earned NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and consensus All-American honors – was downright historic.
Walker even helped guide Connecticut to a national title in 2010-11, the third in program history. Over his final 17 games in college, including that memorable Big East and NCAA Tournament run, Walker averaged 24.5 points nightly, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot to help UConn reach unforgettable heights.