If there was an award last year that Wayln Napper didn’t win, he probably should have.
Napper finished his first season at JUCO level averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 assist and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 49% from the field.
He was named a NJCAA First Team All-American, Region VIII POY, First Team All-Region VIII, Region VIII All-Tournament Team, Region VIII Male Athlete of the Year, Mid-Florida Conference POY, Mid-Florida Conference Male Athlete of the Year, Mid-Florida Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference, College of Central Florida Male Athlete of the Year, while also making the Deans List.
So far, that’s led to offers from Coastal Carolina, Montana State, Akron, Iona, South Carolina State, Central Arkansas and Arkansas State.
Arkansas State was the most recent to reach out and offer Napper, and they’ve been developing a good relationship with the super talented guard so far.
“The relationship is good,” he said. “We have had some good conversations so far. The coaches seem real cool and good coaches to play for.”
Wichita State, St. John’s, Memphis, Central Michigan, North Carolina Central, New Mexico State, UNLV, Troy, New Mexico, Pacific and Murray State, among others, are also showing interest.
Napper was a back-to-back 4A state champion in high school and helped lead Central Florida to a 25-7 record, a year after the program went 19-13. His leadership is undeniable, and coaches have definitely enjoyed that about his game the most.
“My ability to score and create for my teams,” he said. “How well I play in transition, my IQ, playmaking, my toughness/dog mentality and leadership.”
Next season, Napper will be playing in Kansas for Dodge City Community College.