ABCD: Mustafa Shakur Spotlight

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- If North Carolina is going to take a point guard from the class of 2003, it's going to have to be an elite floor general. Mustafa Shakur certainly qualifies.

"He's clearly the best point guard in this class," said IC's Jeff Goodman. "There's really no downside to this kid. He's poised, you can tell everyone on his team rallies around him, he shoots well, can get to the hoop whenever he wants, he plays defense. Like I said, clearly the best point guard that I've seen."

And it's difficult to disagree with that opinion, especially after watching the 6-3 Philadelphia native at the ABCD Camp, where he's averaged double-digit points, along with five assists and as many as six steals per game.

Is he the best? Shakur takes the modest approach.

"I don't think about being better than anybody," he said. "I just go out and play."

Fair enough, but while he's just going and and playing, he's solidifying his spot as the nation's top point guard.

And in being such, colleges are in hot pursuit.

Arizona's Lute Olson, Villanova's Jay Wright and N.C. State's Herb Sendek were among those watching him, and one couldn't help but notice the coach standing on the baseline wearing a bright Carolina blue t-shirt -- UNC assistant Fred Quartlebaum.

Shakur has a long list of schools, which he hopes to narrow down after the camp, and the Tar Heels are likely to at least make the first cut, he said. But Carolina did get involved somewhat late in the process, though that doesn't seem to matter to Shakur.

"You definitely have to consider North Carolina," he said.

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