NBPA: Mustafa Shakur Spotlight

RICHMOND, VA. -- Mustafa Shakur is regarded by many as the top 2003 point guard in the nation – and he's taking it all in stride.

"That's a good feeling, because I think I've worked very hard," said the modest floor general from Philly. "But I wouldn't say I agree [that I'm the top point guard]. I'm not a critic … I just like to play."

At 6-3 ½ and a wiry 170 pounds, Shakur zig-zagged through defenses, scoring mostly on drives, and was always able to find the teammate in perfect position to score.

"Shakur had his way with folks again today," said IC's Clint Jackson. "He's just too long, too big and too good for defenders to contain. He knows how to get where he wants and no one person is going to stop him. He's got to be the best -- or one of the two best – point men in the country that I've seen."

While Shakur said he's got about 12 schools on his list, he mentioned NC State, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple, Arizona, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

He wouldn't tip his hat as to any leaders, but he spoke most highly of NC State, Arizona and Villanova.

The Tar Heels are looking to enter themselves in the Shakur sweepstakes as well.

"I checked with my brother [at home] and he said North Carolina called yesterday," Shakur said.

As this is the first interest from UNC, he wasn't sure how they would factor into his recruitment – and with such a long list of schools, he's still quite open.


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