No shock, Shakur testing the Draft

Although Lute Olson let the Cat out of the bad a few days ago, Mustafa Shakur made it official and put his name in for the NBA Draft. As expected, he left the option open to return back to school.

The junior point guard has declared for the NBA Draft but announced that he was not signing an agent which leaves open the possibility to return to Arizona without jeopardizing his eligibility.

"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."

Shakur had an up and down season but did play his best basketball down the stretch.

Most draft projections have Shakur as a borderline pick, but that could change with impressive showings at the NBA pre-draft camp and individual team workouts. Several sources have indicated that if Shakur feels that he is a first round draft pick, even a late first round draft pick, that he would remain in the draft.

Arizona coaches are eyeing his return.

"Obviously, we're hoping he's going to return," said Arizona head coach Lute Olson. "He would be one of our captains next year and he has done a great job of providing leadership in the weight room and on the floor already this off season. I'm happy that he is completing his coursework and not hiring an agent. That way he will be able to come back if he decides that it's the best thing for him."

As of now Shakur will not accompany the team on their European tour.

If Shakur remains in the draft the Cats would likely go with sophomore J.P. Prince at point guard. Prince recently said that he was returning to Arizona after hinting in March that he was considering a transfer. The Wildcats will also welcome freshman point guard Nic Wise into the fold. Both Marcus Williams and Daniel Dillon have also seen time at the point in their Wildcat careers.

Shakur has not lived up to his billing as the nation's top point guard recruit when he arrived in Tucson, but has had a solid career. He has started 98 games, taking over the point guard spot as a true freshman. He has averaged 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists for his career and averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this past season.

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