Having great players is a first step to a great college basketball team, but having players who fit well together can be just as valuable. Having the right people around a star can make all the difference in whether his postseason ends in Doug McDermott tears or Shabazz Napier grins.
One of next year’s top performers will be Napier’s former right-hand man, Ryan Boatright. As the undersized guard steps into the lead role at UConn, he’ll benefit immensely from having oversized center Amida Brimah patrolling the paint behind him.
Herein is a closer look at the long and the short of UConn’s pairing, along with the rest of the best-matched one-two punches in college hoops for 2014-15.