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UConn's Napier named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week

UConn's Shabazz Napier has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 26. Napier, a senior 6-1 point guard, leads the Huskies in scoring, rebounding and assists, and his a leading candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, which recognizes the Player of the Year in college basketball.

Shabazz Napier (No. 13) Huskies drives to the basket against the SMU Mustangs in a game played Dallas in early January.
Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Last week, Napier led the Huskies to a pair of victories in "The American." The Roxbury, Mass., native averaged a conference-best 26.5 points to go along with a 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. In addition, Napier shot a cool 50 percent from the field (16-for-32), including 46.7 (7-for-15) from beyond the three-point arc. A sniper from the charity stripe, Napier shot 93.3 percent, banging down 14 of 15 from the free-throw line.

Overall, Napier scored 27 points with 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a 90-66 Husky win against Temple at the XL Center, and then went on to score 26 points—20 in the second half—to go along with with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 3 steals in an 82-71 win at Rutgers.

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