Basketball success runs in the bloodline of the Muhammad family, from the NCAA level to the NBA.
Former UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad is making a name for himself at the pro level as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it looks as though his brother could be on his own way to big things in the basketball world.
Rashad Muhammad is one of the NCAA’s best scoring guards, and one that doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Playing down at San Jose State, the Spartans aren’t the type of team that garners a whole lot of attention due to their record.
On the heels of a 2 – 28 year, in which the Spartans went 0 – 18 in conference play and didn’t beat a Division I opponent all season, Muhammad opted to transfer at season’s end.
Muhammad’s transfer was likely to help maximize his exposure and increase his chances of making it to the next level. After much deliberation, his decision apparently came down to DePaul, Pittsburgh, and Miami as the three teams who were pushing the hardest for Muhammad’s service.
When the dust cleared, Rashad Muhammad committed to the University of Miami.
In 2014-15, Muhammad was the Spartans’ leading scorer, averaging 13.9 points per game. He shot 38.1% from the floor, 36.0% from three point range, and 79.6% from the free throw line.
Muhammad also recorded 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest last season.
The native of Las Vegas, Nevada showcased his scoring ability over the course of his two years at San Jose State. He scored in double-figures in 43 of his 58 games in a Spartans uniform.
The commitment to Miami will benefit both parties, starting in 2016-17. Muhammad will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to transfer regulations.
In terms of Muhammad, the move to Miami and the ACC allows him to play on one of the biggest stages in the NCAA. Playing against power programs like North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia among others, he’ll get to showcase his talents in front of large crowds and more scouts on a regular basis.
For the Miami Hurricanes, the 2016-17 season will be the start of a small rebuild in terms of their back court. After the 2015-16 season, the Hurricanes will lose both Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, who are their top two scorers heading into the season. Adding a player into the mix like Muhammad will definitely bolster the Hurricanes’ back court.
Rashad Muhammad showed that he had a ton of talent while playing at San Jose State, and now we get the chance to see him play two years of basketball in a power conference starting in 2016-17.