Feb. 26, 2013
ATLANTA - UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been named as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year award presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Tuesday.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Las Vegas, leads all freshmen in the nation with 18.2 points per game, the top scoring average on UCLA's team. Muhammad has helped lead the Bruins to a 20-7 overall record, including a 10-4 mark in Pac-12 play with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
In addition, Muhammad ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (43.2 pct), having made 32 of 74 three-point attempts. He leads UCLA with 62 offensive rebounds and has averaged 5.1 rebounds per contest.
Muhammad and California's Allen Crabbe are the only two players from the Pac-12 Conference on the 30-man Player of the Year list.
The top 30 candidates for the vaunted Player of the Year award were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances to this point in the men's college basketball season. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow down the list to four finalists. The award will be presented by AT&T on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta.
UCLA has just two home games remaining on its regular season schedule - versus Arizona State this Wednesday (8:30 p.m.) and against Arizona on Saturday evening (6 p.m.). Wednesday night's game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks in Pauley Pavilion.