The former UConn star and current Charlotte Bobcats rookie was asked if he thought the Huskies were actually more talented without him — and Walker said he could not disagree with that sentiment.
“I agree, I agree,” Walker, a Bronx native, said, pointing out that the Huskies have added a tremendous freshmen class, including 6-foot-11 future NBA lottery pick Andre Drummond. “They have more experience now. Those guys have been through a long, challenging season.”
One of “those guys” is sophomore sensation Jeremy Lamb, a smooth 6-foot-5 wing averaging 18.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for the defending NCAA champs.
After Lamb played a key role in helping the Huskies win 11 straight postseason games last year — five in five days in the Big East Tournament at the Garden, then six more in the Big Dance — his stock soared and his family considered whether or not Lamb was ready for the NBA.
“He would’ve gone in the first round this year, that much I can guarantee you,” UConn coach Jim Calhoun said in May. “I got enough phone calls [from NBA executives]. They’re calling about Kemba and they’re calling about him.”