Found February 06, 2013 on College Chalktalk:
Courtesy: Stephen Slade/UConn Coaches want to see three key things from their team’s anointed “leader”: - Define being a student-athlete. - Further the positive culture of the program. - And, makes plays! With UConn trailing by just one game in the loss column to league leaders, Syracuse and Marquette; a legitimate chance to capture the Big East regular season title is in the balance, and the Huskies’ 6-foot-1, sophomore guard Shabazz Napier (Last week’s Big East Player of the Week) is evolving into quite the leader.   A closer look… Define being a student-athlete: Despite UConn being ineligible for the post season, as a result of low Academic Progress Rate scores, Napier was recognized before last Sunday’s game against the University of South Florida for marking a GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester. Teammates R.J. Evans, Niels Giffey and Leon Tolksdorf were also cited for earning academic honors during the first semester. Further the positive culture of the program. “He’s [Napier] getting better as a leader. He’s improving each and every day. We always say you’re not born a leader and you make the choice to be a leader…he’s making a constant effort to try and lead, and it’s not even in the game, it’s in practice. It’s tremendous.” Coach Kevin Ollie proclaims. Pretty much sums that up; however, in addition to his self-Improvement, Napier continues to aid his teammates’ abilities to execute. In the Huskies last three victories, Napier is averaging 4.3 assists-per-game. Makes plays. Teams that have a realistic chance to compete for a championship, whether it’s the regular season, conference, or NCAA tournament title usually possess at least one player who exudes an ability to not only monitor the intangible barometer of the squad but also make big plays/shots when necessary. “He makes winning plays. That’s why I love the kid.” Ollie said, following a convincing 66-54 win over Rutgers on Jan 27th. Last Sunday, in a 69-64 overtime win against the University of South Florida, Napier opened the extra session by knocking down three consecutive three-pointers on his way to posting 11 points in overtime alone. Napier finished 7-for-14 from the floor for the game; the rest of the UConn roster, 10-for-43. On Jan 31st, during the final 30 seconds of overtime, Napier nailed three of four shots from the charity strip to solidify 82-79 win over Providence before a crowd of 10,180 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Rhode Island. * * * Napier gets another great opportunity to show his ability to lead tonight, when the Huskies travel to Madison Square Garden, New York to battle St. John’s at 7 pm.     Related Posts:High Five: Games to watch as Big East kicks offDefending inside with collective effort key for UConn…Stats Slant: Mid-season leaders for National Player of the…Calhoun leaves Ollie, Huskies with difficult challengeHeightened defense keying Cardinals’ run to No. 1

Shabazz Napier Named Big East Player of the Week

For the second time this season, UConn Huskies men's basketball point guard Shabazz Napier has been named Big East Player of the Week. Here's the release from UConn: STORRS --- After leading the UConn men’s basketball team to a pair of overtime victories last week, junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) has been selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week...

Paw Prints - The Daily UConn Roundup - 2/4

Paw Prints is our daily look at the happenings for the UConn Huskies football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams as well as the other sports the student-athletes engage in. We will do our best to bring you the links from all of the media that covers the Huskies on a daily basis. As always, links can be found by clicking on the read more button below if you'...
Huskies News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.