Defending champs UConn must replace Napier

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Defending national champion UConn goes from playing with a chip on its shoulder to a target on its back. The Huskies came into last season determined to play well after an academic ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament. The result was a fourth national title, its second in four years. The Huskies' biggest challenge this season is finding a way to replace Shabazz...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

AAC Basketball Preview: #1 UConn Huskies

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. For the second time in four years, the UConn Huskies put together a remarkable run...
Via The Sports Bank
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Defining the Season: UConn vs. Florida

Fun fact about Florida: The Gators played Connecticut last season more than seven of their 13 SEC opponents. Not so fun fact about Florida: The Gators suffered their two lowest points of the season to the Huskies. Of course, the latter detail is bound to occur when a team loses only three times all season and two of those occasions are to the same opponent. Florida finished last...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier: Still Good, Still Hungry

Still good. Still the hungry Husky. “How tall is he? Wow, that guy’s short! What is he—Five-Eleven, Six-One?” Those are just a few of the murmurs and half-joking remarks you might hear in the stands of the American Airlines Arena when Shabazz Napier steps on the floor. Once the fans know who he is though, it’ll eventually stop, but of course, people often judge a book by...
Via Heat Nation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Napier and Ennis Crack Top 5 in Rookie Power Rankings

With quite possibly the most talented draft class since 2003, the 2014 draft class has a lot of teams banking on their young superstars to solidify their franchise for years to come. Recently, published what they think will be the top five performers at each position in their 2014 rookie power rankings. Point Guard 1. Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic 2. Dante Exum, Utah Jazz...
Via Heat Nation
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Says His Struggles Due to Different Ball in NBA

The Miami Heat went all in trying to get LeBron James to stay on South Beach, and that included drafting UConn’s Shabazz Napier. Several times LeBron made it clear that he felt Napier was the best PG in the draft, so Pat Riley made sure that Napier would be in a Heat jersey. Well, LeBron has sinced left Miami to go home to Cleveland, and this has left the Heat with a draft pick...
Via BlackSportsOnline
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Unfollows LeBron James On Twitter, Deletes All Tweets Related To Him

  When the Miami Heat drafted Shabazz Napier, LeBron James supported the decision and praised Napier for his performance in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, where Shabazz led the UConn Huskies to their second national championship in four years. With the selection at this year’s NBA Draft, both the Miami Heat and Shabazz Napier hoped it would persuade LeBron to return...
Via KC Sports Ninja
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier- Miami’s Missing Piece

  The Miami Heat struggled a lot in the NBA Finals in the 2013-14 season. The San Antonio Spurs exploited their weaknesses and were able to rise to the top. LeBron James did what he could but it just wasn’t enough. The Miami Heat have always relied on star players to do their bidding. If the star players have a bad day, the team will surely lose. One of the major problem they...
Via The League News
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Heat: Heat Draft Grade

Miami Heat: Draft Grade Nekias Duncan: Lead Writer At Hoopstuff… Pick 24: Shabazz Napier — 24th overall pick (rights traded by Charlotte to Miami) This move is hard to guage right now. On a basic level, the Heat drafted arguably the fourth best point guard prospect in the draft behind Marcus Smart, Dante Exum, and Elfrid Payton. Napier is a natural leader, a poised and mature...
Via HoopStuff
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Jalen Adams announces commitment to UConn

UConn has landed a gritty guard out of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with a lot of heart and a knack for hitting clutch shots. Sound familiar? Jalen Adams, a 6-foot-2, Class of 2015 guard who attends Cushing Academy, committed to UConn on Monday morning after taking an unofficial visit to the Storrs campus on Sunday. “Just the style of play, the coaching staff,” Adams said when...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Heat Acquires Shabazz Napier in the 2014 NBA Draft

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired the draft rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall) from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the draft rights to P.J. Hairston (26th overall) and Semaj Christon (55th overall), a 2019 second-round draft choice and cash considerations. “Shabazz Napier is a winner, he’s a two-time NCAA champion and he’s one of the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Heat News: Heat Trade up for Napier

The Miami Heat got its man in the NBA Draft, while giving LeBron James another reason to remain in South Beach. After being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 24th overall pick in the draft, the rights to Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier were traded to the Heat for Miami’s 26th and 55th picks in this year’s draft, along with its 2015 second-round pick, pending league...
Via Heat Nation
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Heat To Acquire LeBron James ‘Favorite’ Shabazz Napier From Hornets

Shabazz Napier reportedly is heading to South Beach in a draft-night trade, and LeBron James could not be happier about it. James had high praise for Napier during UConn’s run to the national championship, and the Miami Heat star sent the following tweet after the Charlotte Hornets scooped up the former Huskies star Thursday with the 24th overall pick. My favorite player in the...
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Heat Pick Shabazz Napier to Lure LeBron Back

Napier led Uconn to the NCAA Championship last season as a Huskies senior. During the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday Night, there were many surprising picks and trades. One important one was the Heat’s trading up to pick Shabazz Napier, the raved-about point guard out of Uconn. It is understandable to pick Napier because of his talent, but that is not why the Heat picked him. Sure...
Via The League News
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Heat make proposed draft-day deal to get point guard Shabazz Napier

The Heat apparently got their guy. Miami selected shooting guard P.J. Hairston with the 26th pick in the first round. But there is a proposed trade -- it can't be made official until the NBA reviews it -- that would send Hairston to Charlotte to get 6-foot Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier, who was picked 24th. Reportedly, the Heat were dangling point guard Norris Cole in...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Draft: Charlotte Hornets Select Shabazz Napier

Update: The Hornets will trade Napier to the Miami Heat. The deal will involve the No. 26 pick, the No. 55 pick and a future second rounder. End of Update With the 24th pick in the NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select Shabazz Napier, a point-guard out of the University of Connecticut. Originally from Groton, Massachusetts, located just outside of Boston, Napier is listed at 6’0...
Via Standing O Sports
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday. "I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship...
Via RealGM
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Miami Heat Want Shabazz Napier In Attempt To Woo LeBron James

When LeBron James announced that he would be opting out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason, he ensured that several NBA teams would go to great lengths to try to earn his services. That list of teams, of course, includes his former squad, which is aggressively courting a college basketball star in an attempt to keep him in Miami. League sources told ESPN’s...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Sources: Heat target Napier to lure LeBron

The Miami Heat have started the process of courting LeBron James with an aggressive attempt to move up in Thursday's NBA draft with their target being former UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, league sources said. James' agent told the Heat on Tuesday that the four-time NBA MVP will opt out of his contract to become a free agent July 1. The move, however, does not mean James...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Eye on the draft: UConn's Shabazz Napier

UConn's star point guard Shabazz Napier really entered the limelight when he continued to rise to the occasion with big moments throughout the tournament. Shabazz won two college championships with the UConn Huskies in 2011 as well as 2014. In 2011 he was selected to the Big East All Rookie team. In 2014, he was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Connecticut...
Via Celtics Life
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Highlight Monday: The Daily Show Destroys the NCAA

Two months ago Jon Stewart and The Daily Show blasted the NCAA for their hypocrisy in the wake of Shabazz Napier's "Hungry Huskies" comments and got the highest honor in college football: a Highlight Monday post on Double Coverage.Stewart was obviously thrilled to add a DC shirt to his case of Emmys, because the show went hard at the NCAA again last week in a segment...
Via Double Coverage Football
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn's Napier impresses Suns with 'now' factor

PHOENIX -- Whereas Monday's pre-draft workout at US Airways Center featured buzz and potential, Tuesday's session showcased impact and experience. A day after hosting coveted lottery pick types like UCLA guard Zach LaVine and Duke forward Rodney Hood, the Suns took a look at a more seasoned group that included Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier and Michigan forward Glenn...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Scouting Report

It seems like just yesterday that the UConn Huskies were carried to their third National Championship in school history thanks to the enamoring play of a young, undersized guard with a mean step-back jumper.  Fast-forward four years and it almost seems like we just got done watching a sequel of the same movie.  Just weeks ago, the Huskies cut down the nets for the fourth time,...
Via The Lottery Mafia
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier talks Celtics: 'It'd be insane to wear white and green'

In a year where the Celtics failed to make the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, the biggest basketball story in New England was a kid from Roxbury stealing the show in the NCAA tournament.Shabazz Napier led UConn to their fourth National championship, becoming the first #7 seed to ever win the title. Along the way he led the Huskies to four upset wins, saving his best...
Via Celtics Life
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier graduates from Connecticut

Shabazz Napier contemplated leaving Connecticut for the NBA following his junior season, but ultimately decided to remain in school because of a promise he made to his mother. Carmen Velasquez, a single mom to three kids, wanted her youngest child, Shabazz Bozie Napier, to get his degree.  “The only thing that she asks us to do, that if you’re going to start something, you’ve...
Via College Spun
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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