Mustafa Shakur finished his collegiate career exactly the way he began it, being highly inconsistent throughout the game, showing some nice flashes of ability, but in the end disappointing. Midway through the first half, Shakur was on top of his game, being aggressive with dribble penetrations and making crisp passes in traffic, but for the most part, he struggled to get his team going thanks to a whopping 8 turnovers.
Twice in transition he had a 2-on-1 situation, but didnt make the right pass on time, resulting in a turnover and a blocked shot. Shakur was careless with the ball, often risking the possession with extremely difficult passes through multiple defenders and looking for complicated solutions instead of simple ones. He didnt shoot much today, knocking down one three-pointer from the wing, but missed two other good looks from downtown. His defensive effort was inconsistent as well, being very aggressive on some possessions early on in the passing lanes, but later coming back down to the earth, being beaten off the dribble by Chris Kramer
and gambling for steals excessively.
Despite being at the end of his career at Arizona, Shakur still plays like a freshman in many aspects of the game. Occasionally he will look great as a true floor general, but its never on a consistent basis, particularly in terms of his decision making skills. Considering his size, athleticism and the solid point guard skills he shows in flashes, there is still a very good chance that he will hear his name called in the 2nd round, although his hopes of cracking the 1st took a serious hit with his poor showing today, and throughout the second half of the season for that matter.