Walker Chosen By Charlotte With 9th Pick In NBA Draft

NEWARK, N.J. - Connecticut guard Kemba Walker, who carried a ninth-place team to NCAA and BIG EAST championships in 2011, was the first BIG EAST player selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Walker was chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats with the ninth selection in the draft, extending the BIG EAST's streak to 11 consecutive years with a top-10 pick. He becomes the fourth Connecticut player to be drafted in the past three years and is the first BIG EAST player taken by the Bobcats since former Huskies standout Emeka Okafor was tabbed with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft. Providence's Marshon Brooks - the nation's second-leading scorer in 2010-11 - was taken in the first round by the Boston Celtics. Brooks becomes the first Providence player drafted since Herbert Hill went in the second round in 2007. He is the Friars' first first-round pick since Austin Croshere was tabbed 12th overall in 1997. Marquette forward Jimmy Butler gave the BIG EAST its third first-round selection when he was taken by the Chicago Bulls with the 30th pick of the draft. Buter became the second Marquette player in as many years to be taken with the No. 30 pick, following Lazar Hayward, who went at that spot in 2010.