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Shabazz Muhammad

  • Full Name: Shabazz Muhammad
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 222
  • Birthdate: November 13, 1992
  • College: UCLA
Utah Jazz (Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night) Round 1: Pick 14
 

Muhammad Works Out WIth Timberwolves
Scoring Potential Makes Muhammad Top 10 Prospect 
- Muhammad's Stock Takes A Hit

Strengths
- Scoring machine
- Good 3-point shooter
- Can get to the rim and finish
- Rebounds his position
- Strength
- 6-11 wingspan

Weaknesses
- Still improving on defense
- Defensive rebounding needs to continue to improve
- Not an explosive athlete
- Has to contribute in other ways besides scoring

NBA projection
Muhammad is a lottery pick. He’s young, and he’s a long way from being a finished product, but he’s got an arsenal of offensive skills that will translate to the NBA and earn him a key role as one of his team’s primary scoring options. In order to become an elite player, he’ll have to develop skills that don’t involve scoring.

2012-13 Season
Muhammad earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was chosen the league’s co-freshman of the year (along with Arizona State’s Jahii Carson) after leading UCLA and finishing fourth in the conference in scoring.

Key statistics
17.9 ppg | 5.2 rpg | 0.8 apg | 1.6 tpg | 0.7 spg | 30.8 mpg | .443 FG | .377 3PT | .711 FT

Cool statistic
Muhammad ranks second on UCLA’s all-time freshman scoring list behind only Don MacLean (18.6 ppg in 1988-89).

Reminds me of...
Caron Butler

What Insiders Say
Former UCLA coach Ben Howland
“I think the thing that makes him who he is is how competitive he is. That’s what makes the great ones great. They want to do everything they can to make their team win.”

What Outsiders Say
NBA Eastern Conference executive
"He knows how to score, because of his ability to create space for himself. He's powerful. But I don't think he's as athletic as [Georgetown’s Otto] Porter. I think one of his biggest advantages is he's left handed, but he overpowers people with his size and his strength. He doesn't blow by people and he doesn't jump over people."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.