Shabazz Muhammad Had Impressive First Year With UCLA Bruins

By Trevor Lowry
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Entering the 2012-13 college basketball season, it was unclear on when or if freshman Shabazz Muhammad would be playing for the UCLA Bruins. Well, Muhammad joined the team a couple of games into the season and he did not disappoint whatsoever this year.

As a freshman, Muhammad led a very talented Bruins team in scoring. His 17.9 points per game showed why he got so much hype entering the season and why he will likely go in the top five of the NBA draft. His 5.2 rebounds per game was also a nice touch.

Although it was disappointing that UCLA could not even win one NCAA Tournament game this season, the team still managed to win the Pac-12 regular season title. Whether the case, head coach Ben Howland was recently fired from the team.

Muhammad started his first game in college against a very good Georgetown team and although UCLA lost, Muhammad managed to score 15 points in the game.

He has hit 20 or more points plenty of times this season, with his most points in a game being 27, which he did twice this year. In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Muhammad dropped 20 points against the No. 11 Minnesota Gophers, despite the team losing by 20 points.

Needless to say, Muhammad can definitely score the basketball. The Bruins may have disappointed this season, but in no way did Muhammad. The Bruins would love to have him back next season, but he will likely take his talents to the next level. Muhammad will likely be one and done, but what a great one year he had in college basketball.


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