Shabazz Muhammad Close to Declaring?
UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad played his last game in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night in a 74-69 victory against No. 11 Arizona, Bruins Head Coach Ben Howland said after the game.
“That was his last game in Pauley, no doubt about it,” Howland said.
Muhammad is a projected NBA lottery pick and it long has been assumed he’d leave college after one season, but Howland confirmed the obvious after his team moved back into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins finish the season with road games next week at Washington State and Washington, meaning Saturday was the last home game for UCLA.
Muhammad scored his season average of 18 points in his home swan song, including the game-sealing free throws with nine seconds to play. He said he briefly thought about those being his last moments in Pauley, but wasn’t ready to fully commit to entering the NBA draft.
“It’s still a long season of basketball,” Muhammad said. “We don’t know yet. I kind of thought about it.”