Walker Leads Rice Into State Playoffs

Reporter Mike Sullivan gives us an update on Rice lead guard Kemba Walker ...

It was obvious on Saturday night that Holy Cross was going to have a hard time in stopping Rice's lead guard Kemba Walker. The 2008 recruit zipped and dashed through defenders all night, scoring and setting up his teammates for baskets.

Walker's effort helped Rice to advance to Sunday's final against Christ The King. And Kemba, true to form, delivered the game-winning blow to the Royals at the buzzer to lift the Raiders to the State playoffs.

It's been a great season for Maurice Hicks' program and a terrific year for Walker, who is being recruited at a high division one level.

Walker has the ability to get into the lane, hit floaters or find open teammates with his court vision. He is also a solid defensive player and sometimes spends his time shutting down the opponent's best player. Last Saturday night, Kemba was given the responsibility at times to keep Sylven Landesberg in check. Landesberg is among the best scoring wings in the country.

Memphis, Rutgers, Providence, St. John's, Cincinnati, Miami, Syracuse, and Seton Hall are just a few schools Walker has mentioned as being of interest. Expect this list to grow as Walker competes this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

BRIAN TOWEY'S VIEW ON THE INDIVIDUAL GAME OF KEMBA WALKER: the grunting intensity, the ever-running motor, and a defensive activity and awareness that render him seemingly everywhere at once. And don't forget the swagger.

Walker's season continues this weekend in Glen Falls, New York for the States.


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