Miami will be down a guard when it begins the season Friday.
Rashad Muhammad, a transfer from San Jose State, will be suspended for the Hurricanes’ first three games of the season, the school announced Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6 guard will miss Miami’s contest with Western Carolina on Friday and then games next week at North Florida and against Penn. The suspension is for a violation of team rules.
Muhammad averaged 13.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 36.0 percent from 3-point range for San Jose State in 2014-15. He sat out at Miami last season under NCAA transfer rules.
Muhammad will be eligible to return to action on Thanksgiving when the Hurricanes, who were picked ninth in the ACC preseason poll, play Stanford at the Advocare Invitational in Orlando. Iowa State, Gonzaga, Seton Hall and Florida are also in the field as potential ‘Canes opponents.
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.
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.