Napier happy about decision to stay at UConn

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Shabazz Napier won a national championship as a freshman at UConn, and then decided to stick with the program despite academic sanctions, a coaching change and the lure of the NBA.

He doesn't regret that decision.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard currently leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, and is in the running for several national player of the year awards. He has led the 19th ranked Huskies (23-6, 11-5 American) back into the national conversation.

Napier will be honored Wednesday night along with fellow seniors Niels Giffey and Tyler Olander and graduate student Lasan Kromah before the Huskies take on Rutgers (11-18, 5-11).

Coach Kevin Ollie says he believes Napier's name will eventually join those of other Husky greats on a plaque inside Gampel Pavilion.

Napier says he's prouder of the fact that in the spring he will walk across the stage in that same building with a degree in Sociology.

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