Since UConn’s extraordinary season came to an end with an overtime win over Providence on March 9, there has been one question eating away at fans – is Shabazz Napier going to stay?
And now, on the first full day of Spring Weekend, UConn fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Shabazz Napier will be a Husky for one more year, as the school released a statement from the Roxbury, Mass. native, saying that he would return for his senior season.
“I have decided to remain at UConn for my senior year,” Napier said via the school’s release. “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. 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.”
Napier was the subject of heavy speculation for the past two months after carrying the Huskies to a 20-10 record and their first winning mark in the Big East in four years. His clutch play throughout the year made people think he would make the jump.
Sophomores Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels ended any speculation over their futures on Friday as well. The school announced that both will return this season.
With only R.J. Evans no longer on the team and the incoming reinforcements of Terrence Samuel, Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah, UConn fans are starting to get excited, as many think that with a combination of national championship experience and the energy that Kevin Ollie has instilled into his players, another title is not out of the realm of possibility in 2013-14.
Brb, buying tickets for MSG tournament region.
— TheUConnBlog (@theuconnblog) April 26, 2013
YES YES YEA YEA YEA YES YES YES YEA YEA YEA YES YES YEAYEA YEAAAAAAAAAAA
— Matt Stypulkoski (@M_Stypulkoski) April 26, 2013
2004 in 2014
— Danny Maher (@dandanmaher) April 26, 2013
Wendy’s tastes a little bit better knowing Bazz, Boat, & DD are all back and we’re contenders for a 4th national championship. #UConn
— Dave Deslauriers (@TheDaveDes) April 26, 2013
it’s probably a good thing bazz is coming back.. doubtful I could have performed to the uconn basketball standard
— Richard Lagow3⃣™✅ (@RichardLagow) April 26, 2013
Uconn is going to be a force next year
— Colin Burgess (@ColinBurrgess) April 26, 2013
Is UConn a national title threat with Napier coming back? Maybe not, but you can’t rubber stamp Louisville’s AAC crown yet either.
— Neill Ostrout (@NeillOstrout) April 26, 2013