Nappier in Walking Boot

STORRS - The discomfort in Shabazz Napier's right foot that led him to decline an invitation to play for the Puerto Rico Senior National Team isn't believed to be serious, but he will be in a walking boot the next six weeks to relieve stress.

Napier, UConn's junior point guard, was chosen to the Puerto Rico team last weekend but instead of staying with the squad he returned home to Roxbury, Mass. The UConn medical staff, according to the athletic department, is terming Napier's problem "symptomatic discomfort."

It is the same foot that bothered him last season, but not the same injury. After six weeks in the boot, he will be re-evaluated.

UConn's medical staff believes Napier made the right decision to return home and have the foot treated rather than risk further injury that might impact his status for the upcoming season.

Napier is at his home in Roxbury, but plans on returning to Storrs for the second session of summer school in July.

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Guard R.J. Evans, who will be on the 2012-13 roster after transferring from Holy Cross, was working hard in the Gampel Pavilion weight room Friday afternoon, finishing off his session on the stationary bike. Evans said his summer conditioning program includes three days in the weight room and two one-hour on-court sessions a week. The Salem, Conn., native is looking forward to meeting the rest of his teammates during the July summer school session.

Right now Evans is one of four players on campus, including DeAndre Daniels, Tyler Olander and Ryan Boatright. Evans has one year of eligibility remaining and is pursuing his master's degree. Discussing his decision to play for the team he rooted for as a kid, Evans said UConn "felt like home." Evans is working hard trying to improve his mid-range jump shot. Come back to UConnPlaybook.com next week for a full feature on Evans. . . . With the entire UConn coaching staff out of the office Friday afternoon, Evans was in the weight room. Daniels and Olander were on the court working on their jump shots. "Working hard to get better," Daniels said when he was finished. "Tyler has made big strides," Evans said. "From when [Holy Cross] played them in December to now, he has really impressed me. He is working on his all-around game, post-up game and spot-up game. He's extending his range and working real hard this summer." . . . Boatright recently returned from three days at Chris Paul's CP3 Elite Guard Camp in Winston-Salem, N.C. Among those joining Boatright at the competitive camp were Peyton Siva of Louisville, Brandon Triche of Syracuse, Phil Pressey of Missouri, Seth Curry of Duke, Ray McCallum of Detroit and Aaron Craft of Ohio State. . . . There was a report this week that coach Jim Calhoun is expected to shuffle his staff responsibilities, "switching the job titles of [Karl] Hobbs and longtime associate head coach George Blaney." Not exactly correct. Change seems to be coming but it isn't quite as simple as switching titles. Calhoun needs to do something to bolster UConn's recruiting effort at this critical stage of the program. That change means getting three assistants back on the road recruiting. Hobbs, currently director of basketball operations, would be the third recruiter to travel – joining Kevin Ollie and Glen Miller. Blaney's role would have to be redefined and sources say that is part of the discussion right now. If anyone gets bumped up to the associate head coaching position it would likely be Ollie. Kevin Freeman has been assisting Hobbs in operations and could move into that spot.


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