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Big East Balance Of Power Shifts As Kemba Walker Declares For NBA Draft

Fans of Pitt and West Virginia basketball can officially breathe a sigh of relief, as Connecticut standout and first-team All-American Kemba Walker is declaring for the NBA Draft:

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UConn will hold a press conference Tuesday at Gampel Pavilion for an annoucement involving Walker. While a press advisory made no mention of Walker's intentions, a source has confirmed that Walker has indeed played his final game for the Huskies.

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Walker, a junior who is very close to graduating, is projected as a late lottery or mid-first round selection in the NBA Draft, to be held in June.

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Walker certainly went out with a bang, leading the Huskies to a national championship this year.

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Walker scored 31 points in UConn's 78-62 loss to Pitt in December and 22 in the Huskies' 65-56 loss to WVU in early March, then scored 24 as UConn eliminated Pitt from the Big East Tournament. He scored 965 points for Connecticut this year.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.