Shakur, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior guard from
“I think this is a good opportunity to further showcase my skills,” said Shakur. “I’m keeping my options open, but I’m looking forward to showing people exactly the type of player that I am.”
In three seasons at
“Obviously, we’re hoping he’s going to return,” said
Shakur has until June 21 to withdraw his name from the draft‑eligible list and, by not signing with an agent and maintaining his coursework, he could return to college without losing eligibility.
Shakur joins a list of eight other Wildcats to declare early for the NBA Draft during the Lute Olson era: Brian Williams (1991), Mike Bibby (1998), Gilbert Arenas (2001), Jason Gardner (2001), Richard Jefferson (2001), Michael Wright (2001), Andre Iguodala (2004) and Chris Rodgers (2005). Of that list, only Gardner and Rodgers returned to school and completed their eligibility.
The 2006 NBA Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, at The Theater at