The past 12 months have been anything but triumphant for Shabazz Muhammad, but it all culminated with the Las Vegas native being drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Though he was drafted by the Jazz, Muhammad was later sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a pre-arranged trade package.
Muhammad is one of the best basketball players ever to hail from the Las Vegas area, as he led Bishop Gorman to three state championships (while becoming the school?s all-time leading scorer) before moving on to play his college ball at UCLA. Now the 6-foot-6 swingman will continue that progression as he takes his talents to Minnesota and the NBA.
Muhammad was ranked as the consensus No. 2 high school prospect in the country but never quite lived up to those expectations at UCLA, where he battled eligibility concerns, injuries and controversy surrounding his true age to average 17.9 points per game. He posted just 27 assists on the season (0.8 per game), which led some to label him as a ball hog and a selfish player, but the Wolves seem content to gamble on his impressive scoring ability.
?The Timberwolves are getting a hard worker,? Muhammad said on the ESPN draft telecast. ?I?m a guy who?s going to always be in the gym. I want to work hard, I want to be the best.?
With Muhammad going 14th overall, it gave Las Vegas two first-round picks, as former UNLV and Findlay Prep product Anthony Bennett surprised by going No. 1 overall.