Shabazz Muhammad May Slip Out of Top-10?
There is an official problem as UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad heads toward the NBA Draft as a lengthy Los Angeles Times story shines an unfavorable light on his recruiting and upbringing, including the fact that Muhammad is 20 years old and not 19 as claimed. The issue is that Muhammad has played his way down many teams’ draft boards, from beginning 2012-13 as a possibility for the No. 1 pick to realistically falling out of the top five on June 27.
Muhammad could touch the middle of the lottery in a development that would have been tough to envision when he opened the season as a mega-recruit already projected as a scoring weapon in the NBA, and it will not be because of a birth certificate. It will be because of his play.
One general manager, expressed concerns, calling Muhammad a “really talented kid.” But also noted that “some nights he looks like the No. 15 pick.”