Former San Jose State guard Rashad Muhammad has transferred to Miami, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com on Friday night.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN first reported the news. DePaul and San Francisco were also reportedly in the mix for his services.
Rashad Muhammad is the brother of ex-UCLA Bruin and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged 13.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures 43 times in 58 games with the Spartans. The sophomore was the bright spot on a 2-28 team that failed to defeat a Division I opponent during the 2014-15 season. Muhammad announced his decision to transfer out of the program on May 23.
Muhammad will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules. Following the 2015-16 campaign, the Hurricanes will need to replace the production of Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez, the team’s top two returning scorers. Miami’s back court depth took a hit this spring when Manu Lecomte and Deandre Burnett both decided to leave the program.
Slowly but surely college basketball programs are releasing their full non-conference schedules. And in the case of the 11 members of the Mountain West, they now know their possible path to a regular season conference title.
Wednesday the conference released its full league schedule, with four games on December 30 marking the start of conference play. Each team will play eight opponents both home and away, with single games (one home, one away) against the other two teams to reach a total of 18 conference games.
Of the four conference games to be played December 30, Fresno State’s trip to UNLV could be the most intriguing matchup. While the Runnin’ Rebels add one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to help account for the loss of four starters, most notably Christian Wood and Rashad Vaughn, Fresno State returns its top five scorers from a season ago led by senior guard Marvelle Harris.
Also on the schedule December 30 are Wyoming visiting preseason favorite San Diego State in a rematch of last year’s Mountain West tournament title game, Nevada visiting New Mexico and Utah State visiting San Jose State. The Mountain West will look to increase the number of NCAA tournament bids from last season’s total of three, which could have been even lower had the Cowboys not earned the conference’s automatic bid.
Below are the single-game matchups for each of the teams in the Mountain West. In larger conferences with unbalanced schedules, those single games can have a significant impact on the title race if head-to-head tiebreakers are needed to determine a champion.
Air Force: vs. Boise State, at San Diego State
Boise State: vs. Fresno State, at Air Force
Colorado State: vs. New Mexico, at Fresno State
Fresno State: vs. Colorado State, at Boise State
Nevada: vs. San Diego State, at San Jose State
New Mexico: vs. Wyoming, at Colorado State
San Diego State: vs. Air Force, at Nevada
San Jose State: vs. Nevada, at UNLV
UNLV: vs. San Jose State, at Utah State
Utah State: vs. UNLV, at Wyoming
Wyoming: vs. Utah State, at New Mexico
San Jose State leading scorer Rashad Muhammad has decided to transfer. Muhammad is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported the news early on Saturday morning.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged 13.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures 43 times in 58 games with the Spartans. Muhammad will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.
San Jose State is coming of a 2-28 (0-18 Mountain West) season. The Spartans did not defeat a Division I opponent.