'Shabazz-ketball' may be here for a while.
The term coined after UConn's hero point guard went into overdrive last night as the Huskies claimed the NCAA Tournament title with a 60-54 win over the freshman ridden Kentucky Wildcats.
Huskies guard Napier led the way with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the contest and was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four on Monday.
“When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba — they’ll soon say Shabazz,” said former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun.
Napier said it meant a lot to him to be able to see his teammates in such glee.
“I see my guys enjoying it,” the guard said. “That’s the most special feeling ever.”
Sports Illustrated’s latest issue celebrating the win will feature Napier on the cover. The UConn team’s twitter account sent out an image of the magazine cover.
Napier's public stock has risen immensely, and it's only going to get higher in the run up to the draft where it seems a certainty that one team will reach for him.
But it's not all great new for the point guard. Alex Kennedy wrote on his Sulia account that Napier could only be a second rounder and teams aren't sold on his upside.
"These executives aren’t sure how Napier’s game will translate to the next level. His size is a concern and teams aren’t sure if he can be an efficient contributor in the NBA. The fact that he’s turning 23 years old in July also hurts him, as teams are more likely to take a younger player with more upside rather than a four-year college player."
We'll have to wait and see where the Senior's career path lies.