Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier announced Friday he will pass on the draft and remain in school for his senior season, much to the delight of Huskie fans.
“I am very much looking forward to getting closer to receiving my college degree, as well as becoming a stronger leader for my teammates on and off the court,” Napier said. “We think we have a great team for next season and we’re excited about playing for a conference championship and in the NCAA tournament.”
UConn was uneligible for post season tournaments last season, so it will be a welcome relief for Napier to have a chance to play post season basketball. Napier led the Huskies in scoring last year, and should likely lead them again next year.
“I’m pleased that all three of them will continue their education next year and their development as young men,” head coach Kevin Ollie said. “As far as basketball is concerned, all of them improved last season and I expect that to continue through next year. We’re all looking forward to what’s ahead of us.”
The 6-foot-1 junior also averaged over 17 points, 4.6 assists, two steals and more than four rebounds per game.
He will be crucial to the Huskies success next year.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to coach Calhoun, who has pushed me to become a better man, along with becoming a better player every day,” he said. “We have spent many hours leading up to my decision, figuring out the pros and cons of staying and leaving.”