March 4, 2013
ST. LOUIS - UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad has been named as one of eight standout freshmen finalists for the 2013 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award, as announced Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 forward from Las Vegas, Nev., leads UCLA and ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring, having averaged 18.3 points per game. He leads the nation among freshman scorers.
Muhammad joins a list that also features freshmen Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke).
In addition to being the nation's top-scoring freshman, Muhammad ranks No. 36, nationally among all players in points per game. He ranks second among Pac-12 players in three-point field goal percentage (44.6 percent), trailing Stanford's John Gage (44.8 percent) in that category.
UCLA enters its final week of the regular season with a 22-7 overall record, tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings with a 12-4 conference mark. The Bruins will play at Washington State on Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) before closing the regular season at Washington on Saturday (11 a.m.).