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Freshman, 6'6", 225 lbs.
19.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 50.0% FG, 48.3% 3PFG
If you are a Pac-12 basketball fan and UCLA visits your team's home court, don't miss it, because it will be your first and last chance to see Shabazz Muhammad play in college.
The left-handed swing-man was rated in the top two of every recruiting class rankings system, along with Kentucky's Nerlens Noel.
The Pac-12 had a lot of highly-touted freshmen come in this year—ASU's Jahii Carson, Arizona's trio of big men, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski, and Shabazz's teammates Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, to name a few—but Muhammad is seemingly the only sure-fire one-and-done first-round (and probably lottery) NBA draft pick.
After missing three games due to suspension for violating amateurism rules, Shabazz has been as good as advertised. His scoring average is good for third in the conference, and his explosiveness and athleticism paired with his shooting ability make for a matchup that few can contain.
Muhammad also has been playing his best basketball lately. After topping 20 points only once in his first six appearances, he has accomplished that feat in each of his last four. In UCLA's last two games of non-conference play, Shabazz set and then tied his career high with 27 points in each.
The latter of those games was UCLA's overtime win against Missouri, and Muhammad was great when it mattered most, scoring seven of UCLA's nine points in the extra period, including a go-ahead three-pointer with about a minute remaining.
I'd like to see Muhammad's defense improve a bit, but with his athleticism and only 10 college games under his belt, I expect all phases (even scoring) of his game to improve in the Pac-12 season.
C.J. Wilcox, Junior, 6'5", 195 lbs
18.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.3 BPG
A talented scorer, Wilcox will be the man for the Washington Huskies this season with the departures of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten, and is off to a great start.