Shabazz Napier Named Big East Player of the Week

For the second time this season, UConn Huskies men's basketball point guard Shabazz Napier has been named Big East Player of the Week.

Here's the release from UConn:

STORRS — After leading the UConn men’s basketball team to a pair of overtime victories last week, junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) has been selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week for Feb. 4.

Shabazz NapierIt is the second time this season that Napier has earned the league honor. He was also named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after leading the Huskies to a 4-0 start to the season. In addition, Napier has been named to the BIG EAST weekly Honor Roll on three separate occasions.

Last Thursday, Napier scored 8 points in overtime, including a three-pointer, to spark UConn to an 82-79 win at Providence. For the game, Napier scored 18 points and handed out 3 assists as he shot 4-of-5 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range.

Sunday against the University of South Florida, Napier started the overtime session with three straight three-pointers and scored 11 points in the extra 5:00 to lead the Huskies to 69-64 victory at Gampel Pavilion. For the game, he played 43 minutes and scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, handed out 4 assists, and had 3 steals.

For the two games combined, Napier shot 11-of-19 overall and 8-of-13 from three-point range.

For the season, Napier is leading the 15-5 Huskies in scoring at 17.2 points per game and is the top three-point shooter at 40.2 percent. He is also the team’s second-leading rebounder at 4.4 per game.

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