Another day, another honor for UConn’s Shabazz Napier. He is one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the preseason watch list for the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Player of the Year Award.
Lats week, Napier was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, for the nation’s top point guard. This honor buttresses the point made by Jay Bilas this week, that Napier is one of the top players in the country.
Finalists will be settled upon in mid-March, after which USWA membership will vote. Robertson, the legend himself, will present the award next Aprul 14 at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards in Oklahoma City. Napier and Louisville’s Russ Smith are the AAC players making the 15, and, of course, they will play each other twice.,
Here is the complete list, from the USWA announcement:
G Jahii Carson, Arizona State (5-10, 180, So., Mesa, Ariz.)
G Aaron Craft, Ohio State (6-2, 195, Sr., Findlay, Ohio)
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse (6-8, 215, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona (6-9, 225, Fr., San Jose, Calif.)
G Gary Harris, Michigan State (6-4, 210, So., Fishers, Ind.)
G Joe Harris, Virginia (6-6, 225, Sr., Chelan, Wash.)
F Doug McDermott, Creighton (6-8, 225, Sr., Ames, Iowa)
F Mitch McGary, Michigan (6-10, 255, So., Chesterton, Ind.)
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (6-1, 180, Sr., Roxbury, Mass.)
F Jabari Parker, Duke (6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
C Adreian Payne, Michigan State (6-10, 245, Sr., Dayton, Ohio)
F Julius Randle, Kentucky (6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas)
G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State (6-4, 220, So., Flower Mound, Texas)
G Russ Smith, Louisville (6-0, 165, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas (6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, Ont.)
Reminder, my profile of Napier will be one of the center pieces of our college basketball special section, which comes out Thursday.
And for the Wednesday Courant, a look at freshman Terrence Samuel and his progress.