Shakur can't wait to join the Wildcats

Mustafa Shakur continues his strong play for Friends' Central High School in Philadelphia. He feels his development for his arrival in Tucson next fall is right on schedule. The 6'3" point guard has been doing it all on the floor, leading his inexperienced team to three straight wins and an 11-8 record.

Nine players on the Friends' Central team are either transfers from other schools or from the Junior Varsity squad, but Shakur indicated that the team is finally coming together as a cohesive unit.

"Guys are starting to pick it up and understand their roles," Shakur said.

The role of many of his teammate is to simply get out of Shakur's way. The phenomenal point guard is blowing up every statistical category, averaging roughly 26 points per game, along with eight rebounds and around six assists. Shakur, however, does not seem phased by the pressure of being his team's go-to guy.

"Every game I have to carry a load," Shakur said with an air of confidence. "It doesn't bother me though."

Shakur's role of being the primary threat on a team will be drastically changed next year when he suits up for Arizona. He'll be in a three-guard battle with Chris Rodgers and Salim Stoudamire for time at the point. During his final season in high school Shakur has been working to improve his game to compete for minutes when that time comes.

"I want to become more of a fluid shooter behind the three " Shakur said. "I'm pretty good midrange, but I want to get better on my three-point shot. I also need to gain weight."

It is going to be tough for Shakur to pack on pounds until he gets to Arizona. He lives almost an hour and a half away from his school, and he battles to balance school, basketball and weightlifting.

"I try to lift twice a week," Shakur said.  "But it's kind of tough during the season because I'm not able to get to the gym as much. Because I live so far away from school, I'm not able to lift weights before practice and do certain things. I just try to keep my game in shape."

Shakur hasn't seen the Wildcats play that often, but he watches whenever he can.  The fast paced, up-and-down game the Wildcats play is "the way that I love to play," he said.

Shakur has been impressed with the Cats' thus far this season, and is looking forward to playing with athletes who can get to the hole and complete the play when he arrives in Tucson.

"Everyone (on the Arizona team) plays hard," Shakur said. "I got to play with (Adams and Igouodala) on my visit and I really enjoyed playing with them because they finish very well. They'll definitely be fun to play with."

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