(LOS ANGELES) — UCLA’s super-freshman Shabazz Muhammad may not be saying so, but his coach believes he’s played his last home game in a Bruins uniform.
After UCLA’s 74-69 win over No. 11 Arizona on Saturday night, Howland said Muhammad will be off to the NBA after this year.
“That was his last game in Pauley (Pavillion), no doubt about it,” Howland said.
However, Muhammad wouldn’t commit either way to entering the NBA draft at season’s end. “It’s still a long season of basketball,” Muhammad said. “We don’t know yet. I kind of thought about it. I just thought about the big win we’re going to have and how important this win was for us against Arizona.”
Muhammad is averaging 18 points per game this season. His recruitment to the school raised the eyebrows of the NCAA, which suspended him for three games early in the season due to “amateurism violations.”
Howland also said that Muhammad would be a top-five pick in the draft should he come out.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN