UCLA basketball star Shabazz Muhammad is 20 years old, not 19 as widely believed. The news comes just hours before UCLA is scheduled to play against Minnesota in its opening game of theNCAA tournament in Austin, Texas, Friday night.
That revelation, first reported by the Los Angeles Times in a front page article today, has led to speculation that his NBA draft prospects could be negatively impacted. Muhammad, UCLA’s leading scorer, is expected to leave the school and enter the June draft after the NCAA tournament.
Social media including Twitter have been ablaze with questions about whether Muhammad, the Pac-12’s freshman of the year, will still be selected in the top five, as had been projected. Many NBA teams bet on a player’s potential to keep developing and for that reason, prefer younger players.
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