Eleven straight postseason games — five in five days to win the Big East and six more in three weeks culminating with last night’s 53-41 win over America’s darlings, eighth-seeded Butler, in a sloppy, scoring-starved national-championship game.
“It says we have a great coach and a great leader in Kemba Walker,” said center Alex Oriakhi, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
When Walker emerged from the Connecticut locker room about 45 minutes before tipoff, he winked at a Post reporter, held up his index finger and said the following: “Hey, one more.”
Walker, the MVP of the Big East tournament and Most Outstanding Player of the West Region, added MOP of the Final Four to the ever-growing trophy collection in his parents’ Bronx apartment.
Walker scored a game-high 16 points (despite a subpar 5-for-19 shooting night) and grabbed nine rebounds. He had spoken privately of having visions of this moment.
“His father, Paul, has visions, too,” Walker’s mother, Andrea, told The Post. “When Kemba was born [Paul] said to me, ‘A star has been born.’ He’s going to be the next Michael Jordan.”
Says Walker about his amazing season:
“It can’t get any better than this,” Walker said. “You see the tears on my face. I have so much joy in me, it’s unreal. It’s surreal.”
Now the big questions are is Kemba going to the NBA and is coach Jim Calhoun going to call it a career after his 3rd NCAA Championship.
Peep some of the other celebratory pics below.