Shabazz Napier, who led UConn in scoring and led the Huskies in many other ways as well, was named to the All-Big East first team. The league announced its All-Star teams on Sunday morning.
Napier averaged 17.1 points per game, but was most remarkable in UConn’s seven overtime games. In nine OT sessions, 45 minutes, he scored 55 points. Twice, he scored 11 in overtime sessions to lead the Huskies in wins over South Florida and Cincinnati.
He was UConn’s leading rebounder for much of the season, and finished with a 4.4 average. He had 129 assists, vs. 67 turnovers and 56 steals in 28 games. In two games Napier missed, or was playing through injuries, it was most evident how valuable he was to his team.
Napier returned to the lineup Saturday for the season finale, after missing two games with a sprained right foot, and scored 16 points as the Huskies beat Providence, 63-59, in OT to finish 20-10.
Freshman Omar Calhoun represented UConn on the All-Rookie team.
Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was a unanimous selection to the first team and he is the favorite to win Player of the Year honors when the award is announced Tuesday. Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith of Louisville, Bryce Cotton on Providence and Jack Cooley of Notre Dame were the other first teamers.
Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Vander Blue of Marquette, Jerian Grant of Notre Dame, Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair, both of Syracuse, were on t he second team.
Markel Starks of Georgetown, Peyton Siva of Louisville, Tray Woodall of Pittsburgh, Brandon Triche of Syracuse and JayVaughn Pinkston of Villanova were the third team.
Honorable mentions were Davante Gardner of Marquette, Kadeem Batts of Providence, JaKarr Sampson of St. John’s and Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall.
Calhoun was hampered the last several games, and missed the final game, with a sprained wrist, but averaged 11.1 points per game. He started each of UConn’s first 29 games.
DeVauntes Smith-Rivera of Georgetown, Steven Adams of Pitt, Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova, Sampson and Chris Obekpa of St. John’s were also on the All-Rookie team.