It takes two point guards to win it all in the NCAA?

The 2013 Louisville Cardinals, the 2014 UConn Huskies, and the 2015 Duke Blue Devils. All three teams have two things in common: they all won the National Championship but more interestingly, all three were led by dual point guard backcourts. Former NC State Wolfpack Guard/Forward  Strong guard play is vital to succeed in college basketball. Of course you can also...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Many players have the ability to carry their team deep into the NCAA Tournament

Shabazz Napier was an electric guard that entertained the nation immensely on his way to taking his Connecticut Huskies to a championship last season. All of the buzz surrounding this tournament is centered around which player might be able to carry that torch this year and bring his team on a deep run. Unfortunately, players […]
Via The Majors National
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Won Last Year’s NCAA Tournament?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, college basketball fans. The NCAA Tournament is days away from tipping off – the First Four games take place on March 17-18 with the Round of 64 beginning on March 19.  UConn took home the title in 2014. Kentucky is seen as the overwhelming favorite to win it all, with Virginia, Duke, and Wisconsin, among others, viewed as legitimate...
Via College Spun
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

UCONN Forced to Start Title Defense Early

Since 1999, no school has won more men’s (or women’s for that matter) basketball national championships than the University of Connecticut. In less than two decades, the Huskies have claimed four men’s titles with last season’s being the most unlikely. Connecticut went from a No. 7 seed and a popular pick for being upset in the first round to the last team standing on the...
Via The Student Section
March 10, 2015  |  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
October 15, 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 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 an...
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,...
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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

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, led by...
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 mocking opponents...
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 Robinson...
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

Shabazz Napier Throws Out First Pitch At Fenway Park

The UConn Huskies visited Fenway Park on Tuesday, and team captain Shabazz Napier got to throw out the first pitch for the Red Sox-Yankees game.
Via Gamedayr
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Throws Out First Pitch; UConn Honored At Fenway (Video)

Members of the UConn men’s basketball team were guests of honor at Fenway Park this week. The Huskies are fresh off their second NCAA national championship in four years, having knocked off Kentucky in the title game last month, and they were recognized on the field Tuesday before the Boston Red Sox’s matchup with the New York Yankees. Final Four MVP and Roxbury, Mass., native...
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier: ‘I Always Envisioned Myself Playing For The Celtics’

Some Boston Celtics fans would love to see their team take UConn point guard Shabazz Napier in the 2014 NBA draft. These people are delusional. Napier is not expected to go anywhere within the top 17 picks, which is where the Celtics will select twice on June 26. If things were different, however, or perhaps in the event the Celtics move down in the draft as part of a bigger trade...
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Audio: Shabazz Napier Visits With Joe & Dave in Red Sox Radio Booth

UConn Huskies Point Guard, Shabazz Napier, joined Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien in the WEEI Red Sox Radio booth for a half inning and talked about his experiences in college, his reasoning behind completing his education, and growing up in Boston. Before the game, Napier had thrown out the first pitch after being honored with his teammates.
Via Sox and Dawgs
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Shabazz Napier Throws Out First Pitch at Red Sox-Yankees Game

Before Tuesday’s Boston Red Sox game, the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team was honored for winning their fourth national championship. The Hometown kid, Roxbury native Shabazz Napier, had the honors of throwing out the first pitch. Full interview:
Via Sox and Dawgs
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Shabazz Napier’s First Pitch At Fenway Park Before Red Sox-Yankees Was Fast But A Little Low

Earlier, we showed you a photo of Shabazz Napier’s first pitch at Fenway Park. The Connecticut men’s basketball team was in Boston for the Red Sox-Yankees game. They were honored on the field prior to the contest for their 2014 national championship.  Napier, the NCAA Tournament’s most outstanding player, was the player tabbed with the often daunting task of throwing out the...
Via College Spun
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier Throws Out First Pitch At Red Sox-Yankees Game

As we mentioned earlier, the Connecticut men’s basketball team is in Boston tonight. The Huskies were honored for their 2014 national championship at Fenway Stadium prior to Tuesday evening’s Red Sox-Yankees game. Shabazz Napier was the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and the senior had the honor of throwing out the first pitch.  Congrats to Roxbury native Shabazz...
Via College Spun
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier On Winning National Title: ‘It Still Feels Surreal’ (Video)

Before University of Connecticut’s two national championship teams were honored in a ceremony Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Roxbury, Mass., native Shabazz Napier stopped by “Red Sox First Pitch.” The senior All-American guard, who also threw out the first pitch, told NESN’s Tom Caron that it still feels “surreal” that his seventh-seeded squad claimed the program’s fourth...
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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