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UCLA Bruins guard Shabazz Muhammad rated top 2013 draft prospect

Freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad was rated the top 2013 draft prospect by Sheridan Hoops

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The praise keeps rolling in for UCLA phenom freshman Shabazz Muhammad after Sheridan Hoops rated the shooting guard as the top 2013 NBA Draft prospect.

Muhammad arrived at UCLA with some eligibility concerns, but that doesn't matter much come draft time. The 6'6 guard out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas was one of the top-rated prospects coming into the 2012 class.

Here is what Joe Kotoch at Sheridan Hoops had to say about Muhammad.

Muhammad, out of Bishop Gorman HS in Nevada, is a talented scoring wing who blends size, strength, and length on the perimeter. Muhammad is best in transition with his ability to slash to the basket. Muhammad also utilizes his strong frame to outmuscle opponents and finish strong in traffic. One trait scouts rave about is his intensity on both ends. Muhammad biggest deficiency right now is his ballhandling - but that can develop over time.

Muhammad was named the 2011 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year in a season where he led his high school in scoring (25.1 points) and rebounds (7.7). He was also named the 2012 McDonald's All-American game MVP, scoring 21 points in the contest.

His eligibility concerns remain up in the air as the NCAA continues an investigation into Muhammad's relationship with a New York financial planner who helped partially fund his Las Vegas summer team.