VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
UConn guard Napier to stay for senior year

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier announced Friday he will pass on the NBA draft and remain in school for his senior season.

Advertisement
``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 in a statement. ``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 went 20-10 last season but was barred from the Big East and NCAA tournaments after failing to qualify academically.

Two other top Huskies, sophomores Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels, also told the coaching staff they will return. Boatright and Daniels had not been considered as likely to leave as Napier, the team's floor leader also who led UConn in scoring last season, averaging more than 17 points. The 6-foot-1 junior also averaged 4.6 assists, two steals and more than four rebounds per game.

Boatright averaged 15.4 points last season and Daniels was third in scoring, at just over 12 points, while leading the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game. Napier, Boatright and Daniels combined to form the highest scoring trio in the Big East.

``I'm pleased that all three of them will continue their education next year and their development as young men,'' 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.''

Napier said he spent many days figuring out what the best move was for him, and discussed the decision at length with his family, teammates, Ollie and former coach Jim Calhoun.

``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.''

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Top 40 Rankings
N.C. State stuns No. 2 Arizona, 90-84
Kentucky pulls away from Fort Wayne
Cincy wins Cayman Islands Classic
Michigan knocks off VCU, 68-60
Syracuse wins, but Toledo cashes
Villanova beats WKU, fails to cover
Chaminade adds Cal to list of upsets
Tennessee tops No. 18 Purdue in OT
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
9-1 L10 G-Plays, 13-3 L4 Days
4-0 Record Last 2 Days
4-0 L4 G-Plays, 4-1 L2 Days
6-2 L8 Picks, 4-1 G-Plays TY
4-0 College BK Guarantees TY
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Plays
3-1 L4, 6-2 L8 Win Streak
4-2 L6 Guarantees, +502 TY
3-0 NCAA BK Picks Yesterday
4-1 Last 5 CBK G-Plays
4-2 Guaranteed Plays TY
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Bruce Marshall
2017 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1480
The Gold Sheet + 651
Kevin Rogers + 592
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1125
The Gold Sheet + 678
John Fisher + 440
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Bruce Marshall 69 %
The Gold Sheet 67 %
Jim Feist 64 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 882
Jimmy Boyd + 500
The Gold Sheet + 390
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 445
Bruce Marshall + 350
The Gold Sheet + 190
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 862
Kevin Rogers + 565
Bill Marzano + 400
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership