NCAA Championship 2014: Power Ranking UConn’s Top 5 Players

Power Ranking UConn's Top 5 Players

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Believe it or not, the UConn Huskies are in the National Championship. It wasn't too long ago when the Huskies got blown out by the Louisville Cardinals by 30 points. Three weeks later, the Huskies are one of the last two teams standing. Behind the play of Shabazz Napier and the coaching of Kevin Ollie, this Huskies team has bought in. Assistant coach Glen Miller said it best, "A good defensive team has become a great one."

5. Amida Brimah

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5. Amida Brimah

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Talking about defense, there may not be a more intimidating presence in the paint in college basketball than Amida Brimah. Although he comes off the bench, it is worth noting that Brimah has made great strides in his freshman season. He blocks shots, and he alters them too. UConn fans have to remember that if it wasn't for Brimah, UConn wouldn't have beaten St. Joe's. Brimah made an and-one that would send the game to overtime.

4. Niels Giffey

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4. Niels Giffey

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Niels Giffey found his shot against Florida. One of thee players on this team to win a National Championship, Giffey is a solid three-and-d guy. He's a lengthy defender, and he can make shots from deep in a flurry. Giffey is a solid starter on this team, and he can be at times a matchup nightmare. When Boatright and Napier are driving in the lane, Giffey is always open for the long-ball on a kick-out option.

3. Ryan Boatright

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3. Ryan Boatright

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Ryan Boatright has been great in this NCAA tournament. His numbers won't be eye-opening, but Boatright has made his mark on defense. UConn's defense has been unbelievable in the past two weeks, and that starts with the peskiness of Boatright. Although he is 5-foot-10, he is a an explosive player and Boatright can sky up for rebounds. He also has a good shot from deep, and he has great shot when he's doing a step-back.

2. DeAndre Daniels

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2. DeAndre Daniels

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UConn fans always knew DeAndre Daniels could become something special. He is only 200 pounds, but Daniels is a good stretch-4. Daniels has also found a solid post game in this tournament. Napier always says Daniels is the x-factor of this team, and Daniels has been a great second option next to Napier. Daniels is playing his best basketball at the right time for the Huskies.

1. Shabazz Napier

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1. Shabazz Napier

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Did you really think it was going to be anyone else? Shabazz Napier is finally getting the attention he deserves. With all of the postseason bans UConn had in 2013, Napier has been the main reason why UConn has stayed afloat through the dark times. Napier was the first player in the history of college basketball to led his team in points, rebounds and assists. He has also built a reputation for being one of the most clutch players in college.

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