UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad earns Pac-12 Player of Week

December 31, 2012

After a somewhat unexpected slow start, UCLA freshman guard and top recruit Shabazz Muhammad is now starting to find his stride. Muhammad was named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the Conference announced Monday.

The Las Vegas native scored a season-high-tying 27 points in the Bruins' 97-94 overtime win over then-Number 7 Missouri. Muhammad shot 52.6 percent, making 10 of 19 shots overall, and three of his six treys. He made two clutch three pointers in overtime that put the Bruins ahead for the win.

Muhammad's slow start began with a soap opera-like NCAA investigation that forced him to miss several early-season games. The farce of an inquiry featured a biased NCAA investigator seemingly determined to run her own witchhunt against Muhammad, as she was overheard bragging on a plane about how she might hinder his collegiate career.

When he finally got on the floor, the freshman has produced, scoring in double figures in all 10 games played and recording 20 or more points in five games. This was the second time in as many games that he tallied 27 points.

This is Muhammad’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, and the 55th all-time selection for UCLA.

The Bruins will start Conference play against Cal on Thursday, January 3 at 8 p.m. PT.

Other Nominees

Solomon Hill, Arizona
André Roberson, Colorado
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Jordan Loveridge, Utah
Mike Ladd, Washington State

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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