Updated: Napier held out Thursday

John F. Silver

UConn point guard Shabazz Napier was held out of practice on Thursday as he continues to heal an injured left shoulder.

Napier was limited in practice on Wednesday and was held out Thursday. He is slated to play on Sunday against Rutgers.

Napier had eight points in 34 minutes against Pittsburgh in last Saturday’s 69-61 loss and clearly wasn’t himself.

“He definitely needed a couple of days,” Ollie said on the Big East conference call on Thursday.  He wasn’t going out and playing the type of basketball we needed him to play. He told me he could go, and that was it. I didn’t want to hear about his shoulder. I just wanted him to perform.”

Napier hasn’t done any full contact drills and Ollie is hopeful he can return to practice on Friday.

Napier leads the Huskies with 17.1 points per game.

Links roundup

There are several excellent stories on future and former UConn players.

The Hartford Courant’s Dom amore went to New York for a high school basketball invitational on Monday and has a pair fo stories on UConn recruits Kentan Facey, from Long Island, and Brooklyn’s Terrence Samuel.

Terrence Samuel Wants To Keep Making Noise Next Season With UConn Basketball Team (Hartford Courant)

“He shook my hand and said, ‘UConn is the greatest school in the world,’ but I already knew that,” Samuel said. “I’ve got big shoes to fill. I see myself being kind of like Shabazz Napier, but I’ve got to improve my jump shot.”

UConn Recruit Kentan Facey Makes Big Strides In Final High School Season

“My basketball IQ is a lot better,” Facey said after he had 12 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots in L.I. Lutheran’s victory over Bayside in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational on Monday at Baruch College. “Positioning on defense, I’m a lot better at that. … I know some people refer to me as a late bloomer because I didn’t know a lot about the game. But now I understand it a lot more.”

UConn is also in the news in the NBA as Pistons center Andre Drummond is living up the hype. Here’s the CT Post’s Kevin Duffy on Drummond and his development.