Kemba Walker, Shelvin Mack, And The Other Final Four Stars of 2011: Where Are They Now?

The Final Four is coming up on Saturday night and there appears to be a ton of NBA talent on the rosters involved. There are lots of names we’ll probably be hearing for years after this weekend’s games.

But last year’s Final Four was special because the teams that reached the national semifinals weren’t necessarily loaded with future NBA stars.

With that in mind we thought we would take a look at where the stars from last year’s Final Four teams are now.

kemba-walker-best-individual-peformances-ncaa-tournament-history

Kemba Walker authored one of the greatest six-game performances in NCAA Tournament history last year. What's he up to now? (Photo By Kevin Scheller, The Daily Campus via Wikimedia Commons)

Matt Howard, Butler

The 6’8″ Howard was a big part of Butler’s back-to-back championship game runs, as the team’s primary post threat. He averaged career-highs in points (16.4), rebounds (7.7) and assists (1.4) during his senior season in 2011.

He was named first-team All-Horizon League and won the 2011 Lou Henson Award as the Mid-Major Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-Southeast Region and All-Tournament teams during the NCAA tournament.

Howard graduated and went undrafted, but quickly signed with Greek League powerhouse Olympiakos. But after playing in just eight games he was released in February. He has since signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg of the Basketball Bundisliga in Germany and is averaging 10.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in seven games.

Shelvin Mack, Butler

Mack was Mr. Clutch for the Bulldogs during their improbable run to a second-straight berth in the national championship game. During his senior season he averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

The 6’3″ point guard was a second-team All-Horizon League pick, but was the MVP of the Southeast Region, before being named to the All-Tournament team during the NCAA tournament.

Mack decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and jump into the 2011 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round with the 34th overall pick. So far in his rookie season Mack has played in 47 games, averaging 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 11.4 minutes per game.

Jamie Skeen, VCU

Skeen’s fifth college season was by far his best. In 39 games the 6’8″ power forward averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. The transfer from Wake Forest was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s second team.

Skeen was a rock for the Rams in the NCAA tournament and was named the MVP of the Southwest Region, and was a member of the All-Tournament team.

He was not selected in the 2011 NBA Draft and instead was drafted by ASVEL Basket in Lyon, France. He has since moved on to Ironi Ashkelon in the Israeli Super League, where he is averaging 9.4 pounds, 4.6 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game in 11 contests.

Joey Rodriguez, VCU

While Skeen put up the most points for VCU during its incredible run to the Final Four, Rodriguez was probably the team’s MVP. During his final season with the Rams, Rodriguez averaged 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 33.6 minutes per game. He was named to the CAA’s third team.

Rodriguez led the team’s “havoc” system perfectly and in the tournament he averaged 9.0 points and 7.7 assists, and did an incredible job finding open teammates. Rodriguez was selected as a member of the All-Southwest Region team.

The 5’10″ point guard went undrafted and is currently playing in Puerto Rico for San German. In 13 contests so far he has averaged 4.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

Brandon Knight, Kentucky

As a freshman point guard last season Knight led his team to the Final Four and they were just one point shy of reaching the national title game. A 56-55 loss to UConn derailed the team’s championship dreams but Knight played well leading the Wildcats.

The 6’3″ Florida native averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists during his freshman season. He was named first-team All-SEC and was a finalist for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the best point guard in college basketball each year. In the tournament Knight was named the MVP of the East Region.

Knight decided to enter the 2011 NBA Draft and the Detroit Pistons selected him with the No. 8 overall pick. He has played in 50 games as a rookie for the Pistons, starting 44. He is currently averaging 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32.5 minutes per game.

Josh Harrellson, Kentucky

Other guys may have garnered more headlines than him, but no one was as valuable to the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament than senior center Josh Harrellson. The Missouri native came out of nowhere during his final season of college eligibility and averaged 7.6 points while leading the SEC in rebounding at 8.7 per game.

In five games during the NCAA tournament Harrellson averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 34.4 minutes per game. He was named to the All-East Region team.

Harrellson was then drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 45th overall pick (second round) before being traded to the New York Knicks. As a rookie this season, Harrellson has gotten into 27 games (three starts). He is averaging 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game.

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

As a freshman during the 2010-11 season, Lamb developed into a force late in the season. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game during his first year in college. Fittingly, he was named to the Big East’s All-Rookie Team.

But Lamb shined in the Big East and NCAA tournaments. In the Big East tourney he averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. In the NCAA tournament he continued his rise, averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-West Region and All-Tournament teams as he helped UConn win a national championship.

Lamb resisted the urge to jump to the NBA and returned to Connecticut for his sophomore season. This year he avearged 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was named first-team All-Big East and is considered likely to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft.

Kemba Walker, Connecticut

Walker had an incredible run for UConn during the 2010-11 season. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was named first-team All-Big East after averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a junior.

Walker led the Huskies to a Big East tournament championship, then spearheaded their run to an NCAA championship. He was named the MVP of the West Region, and the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

He made himself available for the 2011 NBA Draft and was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 9 overall pick. Walker has played in 48 games as a rookie (17 starts) and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 26.9 minutes per game.

**********

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Ryan’s site Rumors and Rants. Follow Ryan on Twitter here and also catch him after IU basketball games on The Assembly Call.



About Ryan Phillips

Comments

  1. If you wish for to increase your know-how simply keep visiting this
    web page and be updated with the latest information posted here.

  2. Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  3. I am really loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues? A handful of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any tips to help fix this problem?

  4. of course we will need to know our family history in order that we can share it to our kids’

  5. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  6. I love what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and reporting! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  7. Beans Lentils, Beans including pinto, red, soy and navy beans. As you know, coffee is a popular drink all around the world. The main goal of Burman Coffee traders is to enhance your home roasting experience with excellent customer service, treating customers as family.

  8. Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

  9. Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  10. wonderful points altogether, you simply won a new reader. What could you recommend about your publish that you simply made some days in the past? Any positive?

  11. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? With thanks

  12. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  13. I will right away grab your rss as I can not find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me recognise so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  14. Appreciating the commitment you put into your site and detailed information you provide. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  15. Great work. I am looking forward for the same effective work from you in the future as well. I will subscribe to your feed please keep posting!

  16. Test yourself by running MB5-858 Practice test software on testing mode and analyze yourself that how much you are compatible for the upcoming exams. I’m not sure if Apple has similar services to what Microsoft and Google are offering, but it seems as if Google is going out of their way to make sure their stuff works on Apple equipment. Normally the deployment of the Monitoring server is done in an existing SQL environment.

  17. Thank you for another wonderful post. Exactly where else could anybody get that kind of information and facts in such a ideal way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the appear for such details.

  18. payday loans no credit check no employment verification best personal loans backers for payday loan opperations [url=https://personalvrdcg.org/]personal loans online[/url] ’

  19. bad credit car loan cash advance bad credit payday loans lenders [url=https://loansbtxsa.org/]cash advance[/url] ’

  20. cash advance credit card payday loans cash advance [url=https://paydaaexc.com/]3 month payday loans[/url] ’

  21. same day loans personal loan bad credit no credit check personal loans [url=https://personalloansntui.com]bad credit personal loans[/url] ’

  22. credit counseling services cash advance payday advance [url=https://leopaydayadvanceonlinefastpayday.org]payday loans online[/url] ’

  23. poor credit loans pay day loans personal loans for bad credit [url=https://badcreditnyrc.org]payday loan online[/url] ’

  24. 2nd payday loan cash advance loan debt management programs [url=https://cashadvanceamericavatn.org]payday loans[/url] ’

  25. bad credit loans payday day loans big payday loan company [url=https://paydayloanswwe.com/]fast payday loan[/url] ’

  26. payday title loan consolidation – https://cashadmme.com/ quick loans for bad credit [url=https://cashadmme.com/]payday loans[/url] ’

  27. a plus payday loan – https://cashnowemr.com 1 hour payday loans no faxing [url=https://cashnowemr.com]payday loan[/url] ’

  28. quick personal loans online pay day loans bmg group payday loan [url=https://paydaybdrfs.com/]best payday loans[/url] ’

  29. cash in advance Cash Advance american advance payday loans [url=https://paydayloansrvhj.com/]payday loans bad credit[/url] ’

  30. bad credit history payday loans payday day loans online payday advance loans [url=https://cashecbya.com/]get payday loan[/url] ’

  31. cash loans online – https://loanenav.net/ 2nd payday loan [url=https://loanenav.net/]payday loans online[/url] ’

  32. az laws payday loans loans payday bad credit instant loans [url=https://loansnzyr.com/]payday loans[/url] ’

  33. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a good article… buut what can I say… I put things ooff a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  34. badcredit payday loans – https://e1paydayloans.org 3 month payday loans uk [url=https://e1paydayloans.org]online payday loan[/url] ’

  35. title loans texas – http://personalloanvryn24.org/ cash check advances [url=http://personalloanvryn24.org/]pay day[/url] ’

  36. cash loans payday loans – https://paydaybdrfs.com small loans bad credit [url=https://paydaybdrfs.com]online payday loans no credit check[/url] ’

  37. small loans – http://loansbtxsa.org auto payday loan [url=http://loansbtxsa.org]get cash now[/url] ’

  38. credit cards for bad credit – https://paydayrvyaf.com check cash advance [url=https://paydayrvyaf.com]cash advance inc[/url] ’

  39. businesses loans – https://cashadvanceloansbpo.org car title and payday loan [url=https://cashadvanceloansbpo.org]payday loans near me[/url] ’

  40. Read More At this website

  41. HRWX46 Merely wanna comment that you have a very nice internet site , I enjoy the style it actually stands out.

  42. a payday loan http://paydayloanslomonline.com/ fast cash payday loans online [url=http://paydayloanslomonline.com/]]quick cash loan[/url]need personal loan

  43. writing is my passion that may be why it really is uncomplicated for me to complete short article writing in less than a hour or so a

  44. Really enjoyed this blog.Thanks Again. Cool.

  45. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

  46. It as nearly impossible to find experienced people about this subject, but you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  47. I think this is a real great article. Awesome.

  48. I truly appreciate this article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  49. This is exactly what I was searching for, many thanks

  50. My brother sent me here and I am pleased! I will definitely save it and come back!

  51. I think you have mentioned some very interesting details , regards for the post.

  52. Thanks again for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

Speak Your Mind