Aaron Harrison has been as clutch as can be for the Kentucky Wildcats in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Although he has been stellar, Connecticut also has a player capable of stepping up, playing big, and being clutch.
This would be none other than Connecticut’s senior guard Shabazz Napier. Napier is a first-team All-American, the American Athletic Conference’s player of the year, one of the game’s greatest competitors, and will surely go down as one of the greatest players for Connecticut’s storied basketball program.
Napier, like the rest of us, has been watching Harrison’s unbelievable game-winning shots throughout the tournament. Yesterday, Napier seemed to show respect for what Harrison has been doing throughout the tournament, after he offered some insight on what it takes to be a player who doesn’t shy away from the big moments.
“At the end of the day, you work so hard to get to the point where you have to believe in yourself,” Napier said. “And Aaron probably used to do this when he was younger — you’re on the courts and it’s, ’3, 2 …’ and you shoot the ball. When you miss it, you gotta say, ‘Oh, I got fouled’ or something. He’s been shooting the ball real well and it’s been when they need it the most. Clutch, clutch shots. That just shows you how great of a competitor he is. When you get in the moment, you can shy away from it. You can tell yourself, ‘Oh, I don’t want to shoot this, because I don’t want to miss.’ But to be successful, you gotta try. And sometimes when you try, you fail. And you have to move on to the next one. And he’s not worried about failing. He’s worried about doing what he believes is best for his team, and that’s taking them shots and making them shots.”
Napier and Harrison will likely see plenty of each other in tonight’s national championship. We will just have to wait and see who come up clutch in tonight’s big moments.