HoopsHype Shabazz Napier rumors
Star guard Shabazz Napier will return to UCONN for his senior year. Details shortly. Twitter
Will Shabazz Napier stay at UConn one more year or go pro? The suspense will last one more day. "Tomorrow, most definitely," Napier said before a workout at Gampel Pavilion Thursday. Hartford Courant
While UConn guard Shabazz Napier was considering leaving the Huskies for the NBA draft, the point guard is close to deciding to return to school for his senior season. Napier was likely a second-round pick or would have gone undrafted this year. A strong senior season could push Napier into the first round in June 2014 . Boston Globe
Bolting was an option for Napier, as it was for Alex Oriakhi, who left for Missouri, and Roscoe Smith, who chose UNLV. But Napier said he had no intention of leaving the school, and the Roxbury native turned in a first-team all-Big East campaign as a junior. The point guard is now pondering whether to declare for the NBA draft, which is expected to be the weakest in years, or return to finish out his Connecticut career in the revamped Big East. It won’t be an easy decision for Napier, who attended Charlestown High School and Lawrence Academy before signing with the Huskies. “It’s tough being at home, because I’m watching the game and can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “I can’t go out there and play, nothing can change, and that makes it tough, but I got myself mentally ready for this when I decided to stay at the university even though we had all these sanctions. “We wanted to send a message that even though we’re going through these huge obstacles, we still can overcome them by staying together.” Boston Globe
The future is uncertain for Napier, who turns 22 in July. After averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds, he’s projected as a second-round pick or perhaps could go undrafted. A banner senior year would improve his stock. “I actually talked to Coach Ollie the other day and told him I haven’t weighed any options,” Napier said. “My first option right now is to finish out school. I want to get my degree as quick as possible. I want to be ready for anything. “I know my mother wants me to get my degree, that’s why I took classes in the summer since my freshman year. If I enter the draft, I am not going to forget about that. “It is a tough decision. I am going to talk to Coach Ollie and Coach Calhoun, the right people, and make the right decision.” Boston Globe
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