MEMPHIS — The thank yous were almost endless, but absolutely necessary.
First there were the coaches. Not just the coaches at the University of Connecticut, but every coach in the American Athletic Conference.
They could’ve named Louisville’s Russ Smith or Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick the conference Player of the Year, and it would’ve been hard to argue.
But there was a reason Shabazz Napier was standing on the dais at the Gibson Guitar Company, looking out at his peers, accepting the award.
He wasn’t the conference’s leading scorer. That was Kilpatrick. His team didn’t have the conference’s best record. Smith’s did.
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