You might say this is old hat... but really, this never gets old. For the fifth time this season, the University of Connecticut's Shabazz Napier has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Napier averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals to lead the Huskies to wins over South Florida and then No. 11/12 Cincinnati. No other AAC player has been Player of the Week more than three times.
Last Wednesday, Napier scored 17 points—15 coming the second half—and added seven assists, four rebounds and two steals to lead the Huskies to a second half come-from-behind 61-56 victory over USF in Tampa. Then, on Saturday, the senior guard from Roxbury, Mass., registered his sixth double-double of the season—and the eighth of his career—with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort to go along with two assists and two steals, as the Huskies upset Cincinnati, 51-45, before a sellout crowd at the XL Center. Showing ice in his veins, Napier was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to help secure the victory for Connecticut.
The two wins raised the Huskies’ record to 23-6 overall and 11-5 in the AAC, keeping their postseason goals very much alive and well.
In addition to his five Player of the Week selections, Napier has also been named to the American's weekly Honor Roll eight times, giving him conference recognition in 13 of the season’s 17 weeks. He is currently on the final national watch lists for the Senior CLASS Award, the John Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Trophy, and the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.