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UA’s Shakur declares for NBA draft

Arizona's Mustafa Shakur looks to pass the ball around Villanova's Will Sheridan (50) during the Second Round of the NCAA tournament.

Arizona's Mustafa Shakur looks to pass the ball around Villanova's Will Sheridan (50) during the Second Round of the NCAA tournament.

It’s official: Arizona junior guard Mustafa Shakur is making himself available for the NBA draft.

He is not hiring an agent, making it possible to withdraw from the draft and return to the team if he doesn’t get a sense of being selected this summer.

“I think this is a good opportunity to further showcase my skills,” Shakur said through the school’s sports information office.

“I’m keeping my options open, but I’m looking forward to showing people exactly the type of player that I am.”

Shakur, from Philadelphia, averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game last season. He shot 42.3 percent from the floor, starting all 33 games.

“Obviously, we’re hoping he’s going to return,” said Arizona head coach Lute Olson.

“He would be one of our captains next year and he has done a great job of providing leadership in the weight room and on the floor already this offseason.

“I’m happy that he is completing his coursework and not hiring an agent. That way he will be able to come back if he decides that it’s the best thing for him.”

Shakur is expected to miss UA’s two-week tour of Europe, which begins May 21.

The predraft NBA camp is June 6-10 in Orlando, Fla., but Shakur likely do workouts beforehand.

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