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Shabazz Muhammad prepared to put criticism to rest

Perceptions can be hazardous this time of year, especially when they are negative. Shabazz Muhammad was supposed to be the No. 1 prospect entering this year’s NBA draft, a tough, powerful, high-scoring bull with a grown man’s game and polish beyond his years.

On his way to stardom, Muhammad was curtailed by an NCAA suspension that delayed his UCLA debut for weeks. The Bruins’ inconsistent play despite a banner freshman class and Muhammad’s perceived selfish attitude hurt his status. He is a draft enigma, potentially soaring to the top three with good workouts or perhaps dropping to the middle of the first round without them.

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