Shabazz Napier will return to UConn for senior season


Shabazz Napier will pass on the NBA Draft and return to UConn, along with the team's other top-six scorers.

Shabazz Napier will return to the Connecticut Huskies for his senior season he announced on Friday, passing up a chance to be selected in the upcoming NBA Draft.

For more on this story, head over to The UConn Blog.

Napier was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2012-13 after averaging 17.1 points per game and leading UConn to a 20-win season. The Huskies were ineligible for postseason play as a result of poor Academic Progress Rate scores, but the ban will be lifted for Napier's final college campaign.

The Huskies will return their top-seven scorers next year, including Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun, each of whom averaged in double-figures last season. That prospect has Napier looking forward to the Huskies' future:

"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 will compete in the newly-formed American Athletic Conference next season after the breakup of the former all-sports version of the Big East.

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