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Napier Earns SI All-American Honors

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    Senior guard Shabazz Napier will leave UConn as one of its most decorated players. He was a part of the 2010-11 National Championship team, and this season, he was a five-time AAC Player of the Week, named to the AAC honor roll eight times, a candidate for AAC Player of the Year, and a Sports Illustrated first-team All-American.

    The other first-teamers include Creighton's Doug McDermott, Duke's Jabari Parker and two other AAC players -- Louisville guard Russ Smith and Memphis guard Sean Kilpatrick, both of whom were consensus selections.

    Here's how SI described Napier: "[He] has been UConn's best player by far this season. He leads the Huskies in points, rebounds and assists per game and had one of the year's most unforgettable plays, a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat now-No. 1 Florida back in December."

    Not surprisingly, Napier also earned AAC first-team honors, and Amida Brimah was named to the all-rookie team.

    Last October, Napier was named to the Bob Cousy watch list, the annual honor that goes to the best collegiate point guard in the country. In January, he was one of 25 candidates for the Wooden Award, which recognizes the nation's best player, and earlier this month he found himself on the midseason watch list along with 29 other candidates for the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award, which also goes to the nation's best player.

    And last month, Napier added his name to another honor, this time, along with 14 other players, the 2014 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy.