Kemba’s Magical Year

Kemba Walker dreamed of being in the NBA and that dream came true on Thursday night. These photos are some of the highlights in a defining year for the former UConn star.

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during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies walks off the court after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23: The 2011 Draft class including Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Knight, Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker pose for a group photo during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Kemba Walker, guard for the Connecticut Huskies throws out the first pitch before the game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts while taking on the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kemba Walker
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during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes the 2011 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun and his team to the White House May 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. UConn earned the national championship with an 11-game run through the postseason, ending with a 53-41 win over Butler in the NCAA title game.
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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kemba Walker
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ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26: Kemba Walker #15, and Alex Oriakhi #34 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the Arizona Wildcats as Lamont Jones #12 looks on during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies goes in for a layup against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates their 69-58 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies holds up the David R. Gavitt Most Outstanding Player trophy after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the championship of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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In Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement
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Kemba Walker gets teary-eyed as his NBA dreams come true and the Bobcats choose him at the 9th pick in the draft on Thursday.
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Kemba Walker goes from being a UConn Husky to a Charlotte Bobcat.
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