Aminu Muhammad, perhaps the greatest high school basketball player to come across southwest Missouri, hopes to hear his name during the Thursday night NBA draft.
The draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
After one season in Georgetown, Muhammad kept his name in the draft after several impressive performances at the NBA Draft Combine as well as several trainings with different teams across the league.
Almost every mock draft of the league’s speculators has left Muhammed without drafting, but there is still hope that his name will be heard at some point in the second round. Muhammad has an NBA ready body of 6 feet 5 and 215 lbs. He’s a willing defender, but his offensive capabilities aren’t widely seen as NBA ready when it comes to dropping shots off the edge.
Going without drafting would allow Mohamed to find his best position and sign with this team. There will certainly be interest in him if he enters the open market once the second round is over. More and more athletes are choosing to become professional and then develop into the G League if they go without an industry.
If Muhammad is not selected, look for a binary contract thrown his way. A two-way contract makes players play the greater part of the season in the G League and no more than 45 days with an NBA team. Players are paid a daily fee in two directions based on the number of days they play in each league.
Players can also sign Show 10 contracts which are basically invitations to a training camp. The contract gives the franchise the flexibility to turn it into a two-way deal but the team must ensure this happens before the regular season. Deals are usually not guaranteed. The team will control the player’s G League rights and the player is eligible for a $50,000 bonus if they spend more than 60 days with the G League affiliate.
Only a few basketball players from southwestern Missouri have ever been selected to the NBA draft.
Here’s what media outlets have to say about Muhammad’s chances of being selected.
What do national outlets say?
Not much exploratory reporting was written about Muhammad due to the assumption that he would not be selected in the first round and would likely continue without wording.
Player overall ranking by port
- Ovarian Report – 47
- Athlete – 52
- NBADraft.net – 61
- ESPN – 73
draft sports guide The site has entered into analytics on how 70 percent of Muhammad’s footage appears either in the basket or outside it. The teams know that Muhammad is likely to attack the Hedge so they are ready for it. Of the 398 college basketball players who took more than 100 shots on the edge last season, Muhammad’s shot percentage has been dead in the past.
Mohamed said he is working on his 3-point shot to broaden his game. He was the best athlete on every field who’s been stepping mostly all his life, but that wouldn’t be the case at the next level.
The site described Muhammad as Luguentz Dort’s lowest, the Oklahoma City Thunder player who made a living as a defensive player in the league with a limited offensive game. Athletic said he would like to see Mohamed get a dual contract, but also think Mohamed should have gone back to school for another year.
NBA.com via RotoWire – “If the striker is focused on improving his efficiency, he should get some NBA attention in the second round of the draft.”
Ovarian Report – “Defensive gadgets and toughness will give him a chance of survival. Hopefully he will have enough value as a transitional weapon and ultimate shooter killer. He made 38.9 percent of jumpers.”
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Who is Amino said to have worked with?
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Washington Wizards
- Sacramento Kings
- Chicago Bulls
- Atlanta Hawks
- San Antonio Spurs
- Brooklyn Networks
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Portland Trail Blazers
How has everything been since your season ended?
“Since my season ended, pretty much everything has been training in Dallas and improving my game on these drills in the NBA. I’m just trying to shoot my shot.”
What are you trying to improve now?
“My main focus was really my 3-point shot. It’s getting better. The shot is always there, it’s more consistent with it. I think it’s improved a lot but to be a better shot, time and repetition are required. It doesn’t take a day or two – it takes a long time. Even. In a short period of time, the situation has improved but there is still more work to be done who – which man at the end of the day.”
You have a wingspan of 6ft 11. How does that help you in defense and is this an area you like to be proud of?
“Defending is something I’m proud of. Watching basketball, I want to be in a role like Marcus Smart on the Celtics. He plays in defense, he can guard. He takes a shot whenever he’s available. That kind of role is something I see doing it myself. Defense can Which I feel is getting me where I’m trying to get no matter what. I feel like if I was able to go out there and guard multiple locations, I think it would make me more valuable as well as things that I could do offensively. I think it would be a great deal of opportunities.”
What does it mean to be drafted on June 23?
“It would mean a lot, not only to me but to the kids back home in Nigeria who would like to play basketball as well. I think it will inspire those kids to go with the intention of playing basketball. This whole thing isn’t really about me, it’s really about the other kids who are back home and those trying to come to the United States to fulfill their dream of playing basketball. I’m just a face for them that they can see and understand that they can also do the same.”
What Muhammad did in Georgetown
Muhammad was a leading scorer for Georgetown as a freshman. It was the highest rated coach ever received by Patrick Ewing.
Hoyas led with 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds and was the only player to start all 31 games for the team to go 6-25 overall and 0-19 in the Big East. He scored a season-high 27 points at Creighton in February and was named to the Big East All-Freshman.
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What Muhammad did in Greenwood
Mohamed was a five-star star who dominated the Ozarks basketball scene for three years after moving to the region in his sophomore year.
He led Muhammad Greenwood to the state championship as a sophomore with a pair of blue and gold championship titles. He was named McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year and Gatorade in Missouri after his freshman year.
He finished his prep career with 3,219 points and 1,478 rebounds.
USA Today contributed to this report.
White D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist for the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, via email at [email protected] or Twitter at Tweet embed. He is also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio during weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.