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Name: Nazr Mohammed
College: Kentucky
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 240
Class: Junior
Position: Center
Other Position: Power Forward
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Nazr Mohammed

Stats (Provided by JazzyJ)
                  G  MIN  FG  FGA  3P 3PA  FT FTA  REB  PF AST  TO BLK STL  PTS
95-96 Kentucky   15   88  13   29   0   0  11  24   24  18   3  18   8   4   37 
96-97 Kentucky   39  667 132  258   0   2  45  89  226 101  12  59  52  33  309 
97-98 Kentucky   39  819 190  318   0   0  88 135  282  90  28  60  75  36  468 
TOTALS           93 1574 335  605   0   2 144 248  532 209  43 137 135  73  814
                  MIN   FG%   3P%   FT%  RPG  APG  TPG  BPG  SPG   PPG
95-96 Kentucky    5.9  44.8   0.0  45.8  1.6  0.2  1.2  0.5  0.3   2.5 
96-97 Kentucky   17.1  51.2   0.0  50.6  5.8  0.3  1.5  1.3  0.8   7.9 
97-98 Kentucky   21.0  59.7   0.0  65.2  7.2  0.7  1.5  1.9  0.9  12.0 
TOTALS           16.9  55.4   0.0  58.1  5.7  0.5  1.5  1.5  0.8   8.8

Scouting Report: JazzyJ []
The story of Nazr Mohammed is pretty well known. He started out as an overweight project, who was a deep scrub on a national championship team where he spent the majority of his playing time on the junior varsity. 3 years later he is the starting center for another national championship team and is one of the best college centers in the country. A great story so far, but where does it go from here? Overall, coming out early this year is probably not the greatest move for Mohammed. Given the further development he could make at UK his senior year, and with the seemingly bare NBA draft scene in '99, he could have been a Top 5 pick next year. But with the lack of quality big men in this year's pool, he may just be a high pick this season. What's to like about Mohammed? Many things. For one, the work ethic must be mentioned. Coming out of HS, Mohammed was vastly overweight (350 pounds it was rumored) and was pretty much unknown on the recruiting scene. But since that time, Mohammed has slimmed down to around 270 lbs, and has worked very hard on his game. Offensively, Mohammed is solid down low. He has a few post moves -- most notably a soft jump-hook. Late in the season, he even started showing off a fadeaway turnaround shot that was pretty effective. What might be Mohammed's strongest point are his hands. You throw it to him and you're pretty much guaranteed he's going to catch it. Defensively, Mohammed gets good position and gets his share of blocks. By simply being big, he's able to get rebounding position and body out his defender. In general, Mohammed has a terrific attitude -- his work ethic to improve his game and his treatment of coming off the bench early in the season are testaments to it. Questions regarding Mohammed's game: is he ready? While he's put up good numbers this past year at Kentucky, it seems to be a unanimous opinion that Mohammed's game could use some more refinement. While he's good down low, his range doesn't seem to go past 10 feet. At 6'10", he may be undersized for a center in the NBA, and he does not seem quick enough to play PF. While he's lost a lot of weight, stamina may still be a concern. Defensively, he seems to get into foul trouble often.

Outlook: if he stays in the draft, he most definitely will be a 1st round pick. If he's on the board when the Celtics draft (if they're not in the Top 5), I would almost bet Pitino grabbing yet another one of his former players. But, if he comes back to UK, you're looking at a possible All-American and a Top Lottery pick in '99.

Craig Simpson - Usenet Draft Commissioner

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