Napier Named AAC Player of the Week


In news that is wholly unsurprising to anyone who was half-paying attention, UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier was named American Athletic Conference player of the week after leading the Huskies to wins over Memphis and South Florida last week. Napier averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field, and had a career-high 34 points in the win over 20th-ranked Memphis.

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Napier is the only player in the conference to be given the accolade four times this season. The senior guard has also been named to the conference’s weekly Honor Roll on seven other separate occasions. UCF’s Justin McBride was named the Rookie of the Week. ...

For the season, Napier leads UConn in scoring (18.0), rebounding (5.8), assists (5.5), steals (1.88), and minutes played (34.2).

He was also named the conference Player of the week on Nov. 25 after wins over Boston College and Indiana, on Dec. 9 following victories against Florida and Maine, and on Jan. 27 after wins over Temple and Rutgers.

Meanwhile, the Huskies moved up three spots in the national rankings and now sit at No. 21. They also moved up five spots in the RPI and now sit at 25th.

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