Forget all those rumors that were being floated earlier on Thursday about former UConn point guard Kemba Walker sliding toward the middle of the 2011 NBA Draft. Walker, a Bronx native, was snapped up at No. 9 by Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats.
Here is some instant analysis on Walker's selection by Charlotte from ESPN's Chad Ford:
The Bobcats have never been sold on D.J. Augustin. Walker is a warrior and a winner, and Michael Jordan loves that. The Bobcats are getting a lot tougher in this draft, bringing in a really nice balance of defense and scoring. This is a really good pick for Charlotte.
Walker averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 assists per game in 2010-2011 while leading Connecticut on an unexpected run to a national championship.
-- See more on Walker at Draft Express.