Mustafa Shakur (PG)

TSW profiles super PG and Philadelphia legend Mustafa Shakur.<br> <font size=1 color=cc0000>Update: Shakur trims list</a>

Name: Mustafa Shakur
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
High School: Friends Select School
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 170
HS Graduation Year: 2003
School Preferences: NC State, Pittsburg, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova, Virginia, Arizona, Louisville, Boston College, UConn

TSW Bullet Points:

  • Plenty of offense from the PG spot.
  • Has the stroke from 18' with 3 point range.
  • Versatility - Prefers playing Point, but does play shooting guard as well.
  • May be the best PG in the Country.

    Update - July 24, 2002:
    TSW Staff * The Strutting Wolf
    Various reports out of Big Time in Vegas have suggested that Mustafa has trimmed his list to five schools, Arizona, N.C. State, Connecticut, Villanova, and Syracuse. It is also being reported that NC State and Arizona are the leaders. This also comes at a time when it appears NC State has trimmed their list of potential PG targets. By some accounts, NC State is concentrating mainly on Shakur. Coincidence?

    Update - July 22, 2002:
    Dave Telep *
    ABCD recap: It's clear that Shakur is one of the best players in the country in the past few years when it comes to getting teammates shots. The way he found guys for open looks at ABCD Camp was something. True, there wasn't a ton of perimeter defense played at either shoe camp, but what Shakur did looked good in any setting.

    Update - July 12, 2002:
    Ben Hansen * Cat Tracks
    The buzz is that Shakur has made it known that he would like to move his official visit to Arizona up and come to Tucson early instead of waiting for Midnight Madness.

    "Generally speaking," Cat Tracks reporter Aaron Jones said. "Having recruits move their visit dates up to earlier in the fall is good news. (Shakur) must be pretty excited about Arizona and in coach Olson. Everything I've been hearing lately is that it's Arizona and Villanova and that Mustafa really likes Arizona's reputation for producing guards that find employment in the NBA."

    Update - July 12, 2002:
    Dave Telep *
    ABCD Camp Mustafa Shakur, PG: We can't say enough about him. In a camp where team play was almost an afterthought, Shakur did great work in getting and keeping everyone involved. He passed the basketball with precision and savvy. Then, he raised the level of his offensive game and was a reliable scorer, especially off the bounce with his jumpshot. No one in the country is as good as Shakur at getting others shots, except LeBron James. NC State sent its entire recruiting staff to watch Shakur today.

    Quote of the Year:
    A local newspaper ran into Mustafa Shakur and asked him his thoughts on LeBron James. Here's what Mustafa, the ultimate competitor had to say: "I give him his respect but I never met him or played against him and I don't want his autograph." If you didn't know, Shakur is all business.

    Update - July 11, 2002:
    Dave Telep *
    ABCD Camp Update Mustafa Shakur, PG: We've got a lot of question marks about the Class of 2003 point guard situation. However, it appears as though Mustafa is ready to assume the leadership position as the top-ranked point man in the class. He's the total package from a size, scoring and ball handling perspective.

    Update - June 28, 2002: Dave Telep of is reporting that Mustafa Shakur will not be at the 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival. Shakur was on the East roster along with fellow Pack target Mike Nardi.

    Update - June 5, 2002: Mustafa Shakur is one of two high school players chosen among the final 16 players at the USA Basketball Junior National Qualifying Team tryouts. Congratulations go out to Mustafa!

    Update - April 24, 2002: The recruitment of Shakur has heated up as the April Contact period begins to wind down. UConn, Syracuse, Villanova, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, Louisville and Arizona coaches will have all dropped in before May 1 to visit the Philadelpia Point Guard. No decision is expected till after the summer camps are over.

    Update - April 19, 2002: With Big East schools pushing hard for Mustafa, Coach Herb Sendek is scheduled to make a in-home visit with the Philadelphia player today. Coach goes with an offer in hand as the competion for Shakur is heavy. Connecticut, Syracuse, Kansas, and Virginia are after his services.

    Scouting Report - March 28, 2002: Shakur is a sleek, rangy Point Guard. He has the ability to take over games by scoring, passing or with defense. Mustafa averaged 18+ points per game during his Junior year. He is at his best when he works on defenders with his dribble penetration. He is very quick off the dribble. His spin moves and step back jumpers are legendary.

    Mustafa also knows how to pass and he makes the players around him better because of it. He has earned the #2 spot for Point Guards in the 2003 rankings.

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