CHICAGO — Shabazz Napier bookended his college career with national championships, winning as a freshman when he came off the bench for a star-studded squad, then winning again as a senior when he led the UConn Huskies on an improbable title run last month.
“He’s clearly a winner,” said an Eastern Conference executive. “The kid won two titles and he basically won this last one with everyone on his back. Everyone knew he was going to take the shots, and he took them and made them. That does go somewhere in the NBA.”