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Posted On: 05/23/18 11:27 AM
Colby Napier is not a name that many folks outside the mountains have heard. But that could change in the not too distant future. Napier has the potential to be one of the best shooters to come out of the mountains in the last couple of years. As a freshman for a very good Knott team, Napier averaged 6.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56% from the field and a remarkable 51% from 3. Colby played in every varsity game of the season for Knott on their way to a 27-7 record and 14th region Runner-Up. Napier recently discussed his aspirations for his high school season ahead.
PHKY: Describe your game for people who may never have seen you play. What are your strengths? What do you need to improve?
CN: One of my biggest strengths is my shooting ability. I am a very talented shooter and always give my very best every possession on both ends of the court. I play shooting guard and handle the ball some. I feel that I have a high basketball IQ and do my best to make the optimum decision on every play. In order to improve my game, I am getting in the gym this summer with a lifting/strength coach. I also have a trainer who is working on my foot speed and agility.
PHKY: Reflect on your high school season. Were you happy with your individual performance? Were you happy with your team results?
CN: I was very pleased with my freshman season. I started on Freshman and JV team and was the sixth man on varsity. I played in all of our 34 varsity games. My two point percentage was 69%, three point percentage was 60%, and 85% from free throws. My greatest moment was scoring 21 points in a varsity game, shooting 5-5 from 3 point. I was ranked #1 on the KHSAA 3 point percentage for 2 weeks. As a team we won the 14th Region All A tournament and advanced to the semifinals of the State All A. I was very active in these games and was very blessed to have the opportunity to play at that level as a Freshman.
PHKY: Who are you playing AAU with? How is your season going so far?
CN: I am currently not playing AAU, I want to focus more on training and feel like I can get more out of training than playing as of now. However, I am open to whatever the future holds as far as AAU play goes.
PHKY: What schools are recruiting you? Any offers? If you have offers, do you have a leader right now?
CN: I have had a few offers to some Combine Elite camps this summer that I will be attending, but hoping for many more to come.
PHKY: What are your goals for your next high school season?
CN: My goal for my next high school season is to start on the varsity team and hopefully be one of the leading scorers. I hope to see my summer strength and agility training paying off and really dominating the game both defensively and offensively.
Colby Napier is a sniper from beyond the three point line and will only get better as he adds bulk and increases his skill level. As he sees his role increase this season, Napier could possibly be a 20+ point per game scorer for the Patriots. Colby could be the best shooter from the mountains since Cameron Justice. As his game evolves, Colby Napier is a name to keep track of in the 2021 class.