Who's better, Napier or Walker?
Comparing the two memorable UConn point guards and their legacies
Shabazz Napier is coming to the close of a remarkably productive, not to mention highly eventful, career at Connecticut. In his time in Storrs, Napier has seen everything from a national title to a season where his team wasn't even eligible for the NCAA tournament. In between, the point guard also said goodbye to Jim Calhoun and hello to Kevin Ollie. It has been a busy four seasons.
As a freshman, Napier served an apprenticeship of sorts alongside Kemba Walker. (Which was entirely appropriate, by the way. In 2008-09 as a newly arrived freshman, Walker filled a similar niche alongside A.J. Price.) And with Napier bringing down the curtain on his career with the Huskies, a natural question arises:
Who was better, Napier or Kemba?
First of all, let's note that this is a really nice question to have to ask about one's own program. Which of these two national player of the year-caliber scoring point guards was even better than the other one? Connecticut certainly hasn't lacked for quality backcourt talent in recent years: Napier, Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Price -- it has been an embarrassment of riches.
Now, back to our original question: Within this ample supply of backcourt talent, which star shone the brightest? Here are my thoughts on each of these memorable point guards ...
Walker truly had a season for the ages in 2010-11
It's easy to forget now, but on the way to the 2011 national title Connecticut actually had a very uneven regular season. The Huskies entered the Big East tournament with a 9-9 record in conference play, having lost seven of their last 11 games.
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