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Napheesa Collier
Napheesa  Collier

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
O'Fallon, Missouri

High School:
Incarnate Word Academy

Height:
6-1

Position:
Forward

Experience:
JR


04/01/2017

UConn falls to Mississippi State at Buzzer

04/01/2017

Williams Tabbed WBCA Defensive Player of the Year; Three Huskies earn All-America Honors

Collier and Samuelson join Williams on All-America Team

03/29/2017

Husky Trio Recognized on USBWA All-America Team

This is the third time in four seasons that UConn has placed three players on the USBWA All-America squad

03/27/2017

Collier, Samuelson Named Finalists for 2017 Wooden Award

Sophomore duo already Co-Players of the Year and Naismith Trophy finalists

03/23/2017

Collier Named a Finalist for 2017 Wade Trophy

Sophomore forward is one of four finalists for Wade Trophy

04/01/2017

UConn vs Mississippi State NCAA Semifinal

UConn vs Mississippi State NCAA Semifinal (photo by Stephen Slade)

03/31/2017

NCAA Women's basketball Final Four: UConn v Mississippi State

American Airlines Arena

03/31/2017

USATSI Gallery - No. 1 UConn vs. No. 2 Mississippi State - FInal Four

USATSI Gallery - No. 1 UConn vs. No. 2 Mississippi State - FInal Four

03/30/2017

NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four: Practice Day

American Airlines Arena

03/27/2017

NCAA women's Basketball Regional final: UConn v Oregon

Webster Bank Arena

  • 2017 American Conference Co-Player of the Year
  • 2017 American Conference First Team
  • Selected as a First Team All-American by the AP, WBCA and USBWA in 2017
  • 2017 NCAA Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Performer
     
  • 2016 American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team
2016-17 SEASON
Started in all 37 games for the Huskies, leading the team at 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game … Ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage at 67.8 percent … Also led the Huskies with 77 blocked shots and was second on the squad with 64 steals … Her scoring average was the sixth-highest in UConn single-season history and her 754 points tied Maya Moore for the second-most points by a UConn sophomore … Scored in double-figures in all but one game she played in and posted 20 or more points 20 times … Scored 30 or more points on two occasions, including a career-high 39 in the regular-season finale win over at USF on February 27. The 39, which was tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history, came on 15-19 shooting and went along with 12 rebounds and four blocked shots … Her 20.4 points, 2.1 blocks per and 67.8 percent field goal effort led the American Athletic Conference while she was third in the league in rebounding at 9.1 boards per contest … Opened the season with a then career-high 28 points on 10-14 shooting to go along with four blocked shots in the win at No. 12/12 Florida State on November 14. Included in those four rejections was a blocked shot with eight-seconds remaining and the Huskies leading by one point, which was a key into UConn holding onto the victory … After making just 2-13 from beyond the three-point arc during her rookie season, Collier connected on 43.1 percent of her long-range attempts (22-51) during her All-America sophomore campaign.


2015-16 SEASON

Played in all 38 games for the Huskies and started in nine contests … Seventh on the team at 6.8 points per game and fourth on the squad at 5.2 rebounds per game in only 17.2 minutes per contest … Shot a solid 53.3 percent from the floor and a nearly-automatic 91.7 percent from the free throw line … Tied with Kia Nurse for the fourth-most steals on the squad with 50 … Posted the first double-double of her career with an 11-point, 12-rebound effort in 29-minutes of action at Cincinnati on December 30 … Scored a season-best 14 points against UCF on January 20. Collier was 7-10 from the floor and also added seven rebounds against the Knights … Matched that season high with 14 points and nine rebounds in the NCAA first round win over Robert Morris on March 19. Collier was 6-11 from the floor in 21-minutes of action against the Colonials … Shot 55.6 percent from the floor and averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in her first six NCAA Tournament games … Hauled in at least five rebounds in 21 games.

HIGH SCHOOL

Was the 2013 and 2015 Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year, one of five finalists for the 2015 Naismith Award as national Player of the Year and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-American ... Named to the USA Today All-USA and All-USA Missouri first teams ... Selected as a McDonald’s All-American and posted eight points and 10 rebounds for the West ... Was a Naismith High School first team All-American ... As a senior, she helped Incarnate Word Academy of St. Louis to its third consecutive Missouri Class 4 state championship title and a 29-2 record by averaging 26.2 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 4.1 steals and 2.7 assists ... Selected as the 2014 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior after leading the Red Knights to a 31-1 record and the Missouri Class 4 state title by averaging 23.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.2 steals ... In the state championship game she had 33 points, nine rebounds and five steals to lead the Red Knights to a 60-43 win over Dexter at Mizzou Arena ... Was the 2014 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 4 Player of the Year ... Helped Incarnate Word earn a perfect 31-0 state championship season as a sophomore by averaging 24.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 4.0 steals and was the Metro Women's Athletic Association Player of the Year ... Played her freshman year at Jefferson City High School where she averaged 17.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 steals.

USA BASKETBALL NOTES
Has won three gold medals in international competition ... Won a gold medal as a member of the 2015 USA U-19 World Championship Team that posted a 7-0 record ... Had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and added six steals in the gold medal 78-70 victory over Russia ... Started in every game and averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals ... Teamed with fellow UConn recruits De'Janae Boykin and Katie Lou Samuelson in August to win gold (3x3 competition) at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China ... Was member of the 2014 national team that posted a 5-0 record and won the 2014 FIBA Americas U-18 tournament title in Colorado Springs and qualified Team USA for the 2015 FIBA U-19 world championships ... Started four of five games and averaged 14.0 points and team-high 8.6 rebounds along with 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals.

PERSONAL
Born on September 23, 1996, in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Sarah and Gamal; has a younger brother, Kai, and an older sister, Wanza. Father played rugby at Buckingham University in England ... Majoring in human development and family studies ... Says the most impressive person she has met is former UConn All-American Maya Moore.

CAREER HIGHS (through April 5, 2016)
Points 14 Twice
Field Goals Made 7 vs. UCF (January 20, 2016)
Field Goals Attempted 11 Twice
3-Pt Field Goals Made 1 Twice
3-Pt Field Goals Attempted 2 Twice
Free Throws Made 5 vs. Kansas State (November 23, 2015)
Free Throws Attempted 6 at Ohio State (November 16, 2015)
Rebounds 12 Three Times
Assists 4 at Colgate (December 9, 2015)
Blocks 6 vs. LSU (December 21, 2015)
Steals 6 vs. Chattanooga (November 30, 2015)

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