Napier, Biedscheid Take Weekly Men's Basketball Honors


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier and Notre Dame forward Cameron Biedscheid the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week ending Feb. 3.
Napier was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he led the Huskies to a pair of overtime wins, averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game and shooting 57.9 percent from the field (11-of-19) and 61.5 percent from 3-point range (8-of-13). He scored 18 points, including eight in overtime, in an 82-79 win at Providence and had 24 points, including 11 in OT, in a 69-64 win against USF. Napier leads Connecticut, and is fifth in the BIG EAST, in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game.

Biedscheid was chosen as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after he averaged 12.5 points, shot 50.0 percent from the field (8-of-16) and 54.5 percent from 3-point range (6-of-11) to help the Irish to wins against Villanova and DePaul. He came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points in a 65-60 win against the Wildcats and had seven points in a 79-71 overtime win against the Blue Demons.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
SHABAZZ NAPIER, Connecticut, G, Jr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
BIG EAST Honor Roll
SEAN KILPATRICK, Cincinnati, G, Jr.
Averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week. 
RUSS SMITH, Louisville, G, Jr.
Averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a 2-0 week. 
VANDER BLUE, Marquette, G, Jr.
Averaged a league-leading 23.5 points and shot 58.3 percent from the field in a 1-1 week.
JACK COOLEY, Notre Dame, F, Sr.
Averaged 21.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Turned in his 13th and 14th double-doubles of the year.
BRYCE COTTON, Providence, G, Jr.
Averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a 1-1 week. Hit game-winning 3-pointer in win at Villanova.