NHR Top 100: #92 Shabazz Napier

5 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 92 – Shabazz Napier, PG, Soph., UConn

We, the college basketball world, watched in awe at Jeremy Lamb in the NCAA tournament last season. We watched Kemba Walker orchestrate a National Championship season. We watched Jim Calhoun put together one of his finest coaching seasons in his career.

If you watched closely, and I’m sure you did, Shabazz Napier also emerged as one of the top young point guards in the college game.

Napier was ranked just inside the top 100 coming out of high school. Let’s rewind for a moment with Napier. He moved up a year in high school to enroll last year. He only had local offers – Umass and Providence – outside of UConn. Walker, his mentor on the court, was one of the most confident leaders and winners in all of college basketball. All of these ingredients make for a classic late-bloomer/sophomore explosion season.

Napier’s shooting touch needs improvement, but that happens for every freshman. Defensively, he’s a feisty on the ball player. As a distributor, Napier may be better than Walker. With Jeremy Lamb back, an opportunity to start and a cupcake non-league slate, Napier is sitting pretty for a great season.

2010-2011 STATS: 7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.8 TO, 37% FG, 32.6% 3 pt

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2 Responses to “NHR Top 100: #92 Shabazz Napier”

  1. Fly Guy U August 10, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Great stuff. Watch out for Shabazz next year!


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