Kemba Walker has gone from overrated to a potential lottery pick. And it was done practically overnight.
After a decent sophomore season (14.6 ppg, 40% fg), Walker, who leads the nation in scoring (26.9 ppg, 49% fg), has blistered opponents this season in leading Connecticut to a 10-1 start and a No.4 ranking.
"I thought he was an NBA player before this year," said one Eastern Conference scout. "Now he could be a lottery pick."
His size is a bit of an issue, though. Walker is only 6-1 and doesn't have the leaping ability like other smaller players. In other words, he's no Nate Robinson or Allen Iverson. But Walker can get to the rim. He's also improved his three-point shooting.
The junior guard is shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc, up from the 34 percent he shot last season and a huge improvement from the 27 percent he shot his freshman year
The most important thing is that Walker can play the role of distributor.
Walker averaged 5.1 assists per game last season. So playing the lead guard shouldn't be a problem
The former standout from Rice high school in Harlem was a combo guard on the prep level. But he was only 6-feet and viewed as a lead guard, not a shooting guard. So much for that theory.
"There is definitely room for combo guards in the NBA," the scout said. "He is a lead guard who can score."
New Jersey's Devin Harris has been a "tweener" playing both guard positions at 6-3. There were even questions about whether Dwayne Wade could be a two-guard in the NBA at 6-4.
Walker has 20-plus games to show the NBA how ready he is to make that jump.