UConn Freshman Guard Kemba Walker Has the Moves

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He darts up and down the court, stops on a dime, weaves and shifts. It's part break dance, part ballet.

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FREDDYKOOL

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Sep 13, 2008
 
WELCOME WALKER, GOOD LUCK IN YOUR UCONN CAREER, UCONN NATION LOVES YOU!!!!!!
Southwest Florida Husky

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Sep 13, 2008
 
Sounds like a Taliek Brown-style PG...all he did was bring home a trophy.
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Sep 13, 2008
 
Can't wait for him to be on the court and see what he can really do with group that is as talented as they can get, on paper that is. . .
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Sep 13, 2008
 
taliek brown was awesome, not a big scorer but ran the floor wonderfully, its going to be a very hard road to the final four and the big east is going to be insane this year
JenR

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Sep 13, 2008
 
go HUSKIES, good luck to all!
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Sep 14, 2008
 
Sounds great. Can he play defense? Coach values that about all else. Sounds like he coachable and will fit in nicely.

The three guard offense scares me a bit. Adrian and Thabeet will have to be bears under the glass. Thabeet better be ready for some nifty passes and put it in the hole or pass it out for some outside shooting. Hopefully he has gained some hands, bulk, and bb savvy.

Not sold on the national championship aspirations yet. Probably will be good, but not premier.
ct husky

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Sep 14, 2008
 
i think they will use the 3 guard offense till stan and majok come back in december
marc

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Sep 14, 2008
 
I'm very excited for the upcoming season. I feel this is the first year in a while that Uconn will have all the tools necessary to make a run deep into March Madness. With experience at all positions and finally a pure shooter in Haralson, look for this team to spend the year in the top 25!
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Sounds like he could be good. Now the question is whether he can handle the pressure of playing before a national TV audience and have a frothing at the mouth beserk head coach screaming in his face after yanking him after his first error.
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Al Gored wrote:
Sounds like he could be good. Now the question is whether he can handle the pressure of playing before a national TV audience and have a frothing at the mouth beserk head coach screaming in his face after yanking him after his first error.
first of all, he has played in front of major audiences as he played on the US 18 team, second of all every single player that has come out of Uconn has nothing but positive things to say about Calhoun, the man doesnt have 700 wins for nothing, he wants to create intensity, something the past few years have lacked.. look back on the 1999 and 2004 championships and see all the former huskies that came out in support of their team and coach along with calling him when he was diagnosed with cancer again, not many coaches can say the same thing about their program
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Sep 16, 2008
 
minnesota fan wrote:
Sounds great. Can he play defense? Coach values that about all else. Sounds like he coachable and will fit in nicely.
The three guard offense scares me a bit. Adrian and Thabeet will have to be bears under the glass. Thabeet better be ready for some nifty passes and put it in the hole or pass it out for some outside shooting. Hopefully he has gained some hands, bulk, and bb savvy.
Not sold on the national championship aspirations yet. Probably will be good, but not premier.
Yes, he is an excellent defender.
keith

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Sep 16, 2008
 
he's not a shooter !? Nice job Calhoun!! just what we need -- another 6 foot guard that can't shoot.
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keith wrote:
he's not a shooter !? Nice job Calhoun!! just what we need -- another 6 foot guard that can't shoot.
Have you forgotten Talik who lead UCONN to a national title?
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Sep 18, 2008
 
they have a shooter in haralson....
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... every single player that has come out of Uconn has nothing but positive things to say about Calhoun ...
Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker.

The greater the severity of the psychological damage (inflicted by JC) the stronger the induced loyalty.
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JJP wrote:
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Have you forgotten Talik who lead UCONN to a national title?
Sorry but the team the Talik Brown "led" to a national title consisted of Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Vilanueva, Josh Boone, and Rashad Anderson (shooting the lights out). You could have been the point guard on that team. Talik Brown had nothing to do with it! Nice try buddy!!
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keith wrote:
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Sorry but the team the Talik Brown "led" to a national title consisted of Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Vilanueva, Josh Boone, and Rashad Anderson (shooting the lights out). You could have been the point guard on that team. Talik Brown had nothing to do with it! Nice try buddy!!
im pretty sure ur completely clueless about uconn basketball or basketball in general, out of the people u just stated none could bring up the ball, with the exception of gordon who had decent ball handling skills, they needed that extra lift from Talik who holds the uconn record of assists to become the glue that team needed especially since marcus williams wasnt able to play. Talik was crucial to that teams success and to think otherwise would just be to think the way keith does
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"Bring the ball up?" This isn't CYO basketball. That team consisted of NBA players. Where's Taliek Brown now? Taliek Brown was way overrated. Craig Austrie or Doug Wiggins could "have brought the ball up" and they would have won the National championship. Brown did not "lead"the the Huskies. Sorry loser!!
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im pretty sure ur completely clueless about uconn basketball or basketball in general, out of the people u just stated none could bring up the ball, with the exception of gordon who had decent ball handling skills, they needed that extra lift from Talik who holds the uconn record of assists to become the glue that team needed especially since marcus williams wasnt able to play. Talik was crucial to that teams success and to think otherwise would just be to think the way keith does
UConn 05

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Stockholm Syndrome wrote:
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Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker.
The greater the severity of the psychological damage (inflicted by JC) the stronger the induced loyalty.
Right. I know about Stockholm syndrome. Except basketball players are not prisoners, nor are they kidnapped, raped, abused, or tortured. If you think that these basketball players are mentally strong enough to play D-I college basketball, but mentally weak enough to consider Calhoun's harsh (but obviously effective) style "psychological damage", then maybe next time you should read past the first sentence of the Wikipedia article.
UConn 05

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keith wrote:
"Bring the ball up?" This isn't CYO basketball. That team consisted of NBA players. Where's Taliek Brown now? Taliek Brown was way overrated. Craig Austrie or Doug Wiggins could "have brought the ball up" and they would have won the National championship. Brown did not "lead"the the Huskies. Sorry loser!!
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I may agree with your point up to a limit -- they did have a whole lot of other talent on that team too -- but you don't have to be so insulting or dismissive to the posters about it. If you're trying to make an argument, taking potshots at your opponent may not be the best way to be so convincing. I apologize that he or she did not use the correct terminology to your liking. And, to answer your question, Taliek Brown is currently playing in the European leagues. I don't really see the full extent of your post, nor are you, specifically, persuading me. Calling someone a "loser" to end your argument isn't helping your cause with me or many others. Sorry. Sure, they had a lot of talent on that team besides Taliek Brown, but someone who knows everything about basketball such as you even has to concede that the point guard runs the offense. The good point guard dictates tempo, distributes the ball, and makes good decisions. You cannot win a national championship if you have a point guard who doesn't know his team's tendencies, is selfish, or turns the ball over. Just because he didn't score as much as you'd want doesn't mean he wasn't a good point guard. Defense, as much as those other characteristics, is what wins championships, and Taliek Brown was a lock-down defender. Remember Ricky Moore? No one sure as hell complained about his skills when he only scored 7 points a game but led UConn to the national championship in 1999. And he certainly had NBA talent around him...

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