Anytime the Connecticut Huskies do not make the NCAA Tournament, it is considered a disappointing season. This was the case in the 2012-13 college basketball season. However, Shabazz Napier will be returning for his senior year, which is great news for this team.
Napier led the team this past season with 17.1 points per game. He also had 4.4 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game (led team).
Connecticut should be ecstatic that it is getting back its best player because Napier could have easily declared for the 2013 NBA Draft.
This is a team that really did not have that bad of a season, finishing with an overall record of 20-10. The Huskiers were able to pull of victories against Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Cincinnati. Those are four quality wins for a team that should finish with a much better record next year.
If the Huskies did not lose three games in a row down the stretch, they would have likely been in the dance.
Napier made 68 threes on the year and shot 39.8 percent from behind the arc. He improved his game a lot from his sophomore year to his junior year and it will be interesting to see if he can improve once again next season.
Napier has a very complete game and he will easily be one of the best guards going into the 2013-14 college basketball season. With his return, Connecticut should also make the NCAA Tournament. Look for both Napier and the Huskies to make some noise in the very near future.
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