Arizona’s Shakur withdraws from NBA Draft
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Arizona guard Mustafa Shakur announced Sunday he
has withdrawn from the 2006 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Philadelphia native averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds
and 4.7 assists per game in 33 contests last season.
“I received great feedback about my skills and my future,” Shakur said. “Right
now, most of the talk about me was as an early to middle second-round pick. I
feel that it is best for me to return to Arizona for my senior season because
coach (Lute) Olson will help me to improve and become a first-round pick.”
Shakur has averaged 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 100 career
games over three seasons with Arizona.
“We are happy to have Mustafa back,” said Olson. “I think he has a better idea
of the things he needs to do to make it as a professional.”
Shakur had declared for the draft on April 12 but did not hire an agent and
maintained his school coursework to prevent losing eligibility. Sunday was the
last day Shakur could have withdrawn his name from the draft-eligible list.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 28.