UCLA Basketball: 5 Reasons Shabazz Muhammad Should Stay in School Another Year

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UCLA Basketball: 5 Reasons Shabazz Muhammad Should Stay in School Another Year
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Shabazz Muhammad certainly would sail against the prevailing current if he chose to hold himself out of the National Basketball Association draft and play a second year of college basketball for UCLA. But if he was thinking about the overall strengths and weaknesses of his game, he would be smart to stay. 

Muhammad would not likely improve his overall draft position with a second season. He is projected, in an exceptionally shallow draft, to be a Lottery Pick, most likely within the first five selections. Being taken there covers you in glory, puts your name immediately on the marquee in front of the arena, and adds several millions to your bank account; but there is much expected of you in return.  

From the rather small 24 game sample Muhammad has produced at amateur basketball's highest level, there have come several important questions regarding what he will be able to accomplish professionally with his current skill set.

There certainly are tangible benefits to building a formidable college resume, and several of the NBA's most successful players, from Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in the 70s and 80s, to Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and Dwyane Wade in the 90s and 00s, became household names, excellent players, and more mature men while putting in multiple year apprenticeships at school.

With the precedent of polished college players in mind, what follows are the elements of Muhammad's game he could—and should—improve with a second year at UCLA, and with them make himself a better professional teammate both immediately and in the long term.    

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