Friday, August 01, 2008

Marcus Williams impressed with Kemba Walker

The Point Guard of UConn's Past was a teammate of the Point Guard of UConn's Future for a two-game tournament this summer, and the former was very impressed with the latter.

Marcus Williams played on the same team with Kemba Walker in a pre-summer league tournament called The Fireball Classic at Baruch College in Manhattan in early June. Williams and fellow NBA-er Smush Parker were the starting guards, but Walker (apparently nicknamed "E-Z Pass") came off the bench and impressed Willliams.

"That kid is good," Williams said. "He's as talented as they come. He does everything well on the offensive end, he's patient, he can score, he can break a defense down, set guys up. And not only that but he plays great pressure defense. If given the opportunity, he may be able to start."

Williams chuckled when asked what advice he gave Walker as he prepares to embark upon his freshman season at UConn.

"I told him the main thing to be worried about is the way Coach Calhoun is. He might say some of the meanest things you'll hear, but he doesn't mean it in that way. He's a winner, so he's going to express it, but don't take it the way he's saying it, take the positives out of it."

Williams doesn't think that will be a problem with Walker.

"He listens to coaches in games and tries to apply it. He's definitely a good learner. He's so calm and mellow, that's what I like about hitm. He doesn't let things rattle him."

"That's great for a point gaurd," Williams added. "Especially for Coach Calhoun."

Incidentally, the Williams-Walker team lost in the tourney finals. Williams, recently traded from New Jersey to Golden State, will be playing in Calhoun's All-Star Charity Classic at Mohegan Sun on Aug. 9.

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