ST. LOUIS (March 12, 2013) --- UConn junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) earned another postseason honor Tuesday when the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named him the District I Player of the Year.
Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) was also honored by the USBWA as he joined Napier on the 10-player All-District I Team. The USBWA divides the country into nine districts, each with its own Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-District Team. District I includes all the Division I schools in New England.
Napier, who was named to the All-BIG EAST first team on Sunday, led the Huskies to a 20-10 record this season. The 6-1 guard was UConn’s top scorer (17.1 ppg), leader in assists (4.6 apr), and second leading rebounder (4.4 rpg). He shot 44.1 percent overall and was UConn’s top long range threat, hitting 39.8 percent from three-point range. He also shot 81.9 percent from the foul line.
He shot 44.1 percent overall and was UConn’s top long range threat, hitting 39.8 percent from three-point range. He also shot 81.9 percent from the foul line.
In the Huskies’ school-record seven overtime games this season, Napier was outstanding. He played all 45 minutes (two double-overtime games), scoring 55 points, and hitting 12-of-21 shots overall (.571), 10-of-16 from three-point range (.625), and 21-of-24 from the foul line (.875). His 55 points constituted 51.4 percent of all UConn’s points scored in overtime. The Huskies went 5-2 in overtime games.
Boatright, a 6-0 guard, started every one of UConn’s 30 games this season. He was second on the Huskies in scoring (15.4 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg). He led UConn in minutes played and was second in three-pointers made and free throws. Boatright scored in double figures in 25 games this season, hitting 20 or more points seven times and handing out five or more assists in 12 games. He combined with Napier to give the Huskies one of the top backcourts in the country.
Northeastern coach Bill Coen was named the District I Coach of the Year.
The complete All-District I Team:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Coen, Northeastern
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
Kadeem Batts, Providence
Ryan Boatright, Connecticut
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Alex Francis, Bryant
Xavier Munford, Rhode Island
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Wesley Saunders, Harvard
Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts