Junior Shabazz Napier is an NABC All-District first-team pick.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 26, 2013) --- UConn junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 5 First Team, the organization announced Tuesday.
The NABC All-District Teams are selected by a vote of member coaches and include the finest basketball players across America. The NABC chooses players from 24 districts across the country.
District 5 includes all teams from the current 15-team BIG EAST Conference. Joining Napier on the NABC District 5 First Team are Otto Porter of Georgetown, Russ Smith of Louisville, Jack Cooley of Notre Dame, and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.
On the District 5 Second Team are Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair of Syracuse, Bryce Cotton of Providence, Vander Blue of Marquette, and Jerian Grant of Notre Dame.
Napier 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 BIG EAST games, Napier ranked third in the league in scoring (17.5), second in minutes played (38.50), second in three-pointers made (2.81), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.413), sixth in assists (5.25), and fifth in steals (1.81).
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.
The NABC award adds to a list of postseason honors for Napier, who was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, the USBWA All-District I Team and was the USBWA District I Player of the Year.