Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 2:52 pm  |  18 responses

UCLA Guard Shabazz Muhammad to Enter NBA Draft

UCLA freshman Shabbazz Muhammad announced Tuesday he will forgo his sophomore season and instead enter the NBA Draft. The 6-6 guard from Las Vegas, NV, was the Bruins’ leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, and after an up-and-down start to his college career, Muhammad turned it around to eventually earn Pac-12 co-freshman of the year honors. More details, via ESPN.com: “‘I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a Bruin,’ Muhammad said in a statement released by the school. ‘From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA, and I believe that this is the right time for me to move to the next level.’ Muhammad was the key piece of fired coach Ben Howland’s recruiting class and he lived up to his advance billing, scoring in double figures in 31 of the 32 games he played in. He scored at least 20 points in 14 games, guiding UCLA to a 12-2 record in those contests.”

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  • LP

    The genetically engineered player enters The Draft…

    “I must break you …..”

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    “From a young age, my dad drea… I mean, I, I dreamed of the NBA…” – Shabazz Muhammad

  • Tuk

    I’m so tired of these 1-and-done kids who are supposed to be all we have never seen before they graduate high school, have a mediocre season (compared to their hype), then go to the NBA just to be another regular player. Been about 10 years (Melo) since a 1-and-done player really really impressed in the NBA early on.

  • Max

    KD and DRose?

  • Redd

    Teams want guys that are younger to develop.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    System is fundamentally fuçk’d, not necessarily the kids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1848766351 Brock Russell Hopkins

    I really would’ve liked to see him play 4 years in college, I feel he could of really developed his game. He just seems like the guy who would be a number one pick in a few years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    And that would be cool, but you can’t blame him for going…$$$ talks

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    You can add Kyrie Irving to that list

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    crack is good!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    not surprised

  • roscoe

    how’s sM’s defense?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    as expected

  • Max

    Oh yeah definitly, and he didn’t even play in college.
    You can put some other names on that list aswell.

  • Max

    Do you really think he’d be a better player in the year 2016 if he’d enter then NBA that year, or if he would be a better player in 2016 given he has 3 years of NBA experience?

  • Sam

    Yes, he would me MUCH better (for the long run especially) with 4 years of college, especially if he had gone to a school for the right reasons and been coached worth a darn.

  • Tuk

    That’s cute, bro. Dude listed 2 of the best players in the NBA who stayed 1 year, then said Kyrie didn’t play in college. How about the fact he played at dook, and other than those KD and DRose (and KD wasn’t even hyped like that in high school), you forgot to mention the, oh, 35 or so players who turned out to be low average players – at best.

  • Max

    Don’t take what I said about Kyrie seriously…
    He played like 10 games or so.
    And ofcourse there will be alot of players who fail to live up to the hype, otherwise there would be 3 superstars on every team right now.
    But what about the guys that don’t get hyped in highschool who are superstars right now like Russel Westbrook, James Harden, etc.