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Mustafa Shakur Will Return for Senior Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 18, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona men’s basketball player Mustafa Shakur has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 2006 NBA Draft.  Shakur, who did not sign with an agent, had kept his options open regarding his basketball future.


Shakur, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from Philadelphia, Pa., who just completed his junior season, averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, while shooting 42.3 percent from the floor in 33 appearances (33 starts) in 2005-06.  Shakur led the team with a 1.75 assist:turnover ratio and 80.6 free throw percentage, ranked third on the club in three-point field goals (24) and steals (48).


“I received great feedback about my skills and my future,” said Shakur.  “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 Olson will help me to improve and become a first round pick.”


In three seasons at Arizona, Shakur averaged 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 100 career games (98 starts).  He’s a 45.0 percent shooter for his career, including 36.6 percent from three-point range.


“We are happy to have Mustafa back,” said Arizona head coach Lute Olson.  “I think he has a better idea of the things he needs to do to make it as a professional.  When I spoke with him, he was excited about being back with his teammates and the possibilities for next season.  Mustafa will provide a great deal of leadership for us.”


Shakur made himself available for the 2006 NBA Draft on April 12 and had until today to withdraw his name from the draft‑eligible list.  By not signing with an agent and maintaining his coursework, he is eligible to return to college without losing eligibility.


The 2006 NBA Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


With Shakur’s return to Arizona, the Wildcats bring back 11 letterwinners from this season’s 20-13 club that advanced to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

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