Ohio State '18 NJ SG (SO) - Luther Muhammad

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    Sophomore Guard Luther Muhammad
    What he's done:
    Muhammad has started since his very first game in college. The freshman 6-foot-5 shooting guard was a solid defender as a freshman, which earned him the early playing time. He also proved to be a better than expected offensive player early in the season, shooting around 40 percent from 3-point range for the first half. However, he hit the infamous freshman wall and ended the year with a 37.4 shooting percentage, shooting more efficiently from beyond the 3-point arc than in front of it.

    His role next season: Though the backcourt will look much different next season with Carton and Walker replacing Woods and Jackson, Muhammad's role should stay relatively the same. He's a defense-first off-ball guard with the ability to play and guard three different positions. In order to maximize his playing time, his offense must improve. He showed a solid shot from beyond the arc, but he'll need to figure out how to improve his shot selection and play smarter with the ball in his hands.
     
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    LUTHER MUHAMMAD - FINDING CONSISTENCY

    Muhammad was a beast for most of the first half of the season, reaching double figures in four of his first six collegiate games, and later scoring 10+ points in six of his first eight conference tilts – all while playing dogged on-ball defense – before the wheels came off a bit down the stretch.

    Over the first 21 games, Muhammad averaged 30.1 minutes per game and had 12 more assists than turnovers while scoring 10.5 points per night on a respectable 44% from the field.

    Over the final 13 contests however, Muhammad averaged just 3.4 points on 17.7% from the field (11 for 62) with 18 turnovers against 16 assists as his minutes plummeted to 20.9 per game.

    His slump coincided with Keyshawn Woods' late resurgence which certainly didn't help Muhammad's minutes but the shooting woes and overall struggles in his offensive floor game were hard to miss. To his credit, Muhammad took his diminished role in stride, often leading the cheers from the bench and continuing to play aggressive defense.

    To take the next step however, Muhammad will look to bring more consistent offensive contributions whether it be scoring, ball-handling or passing as the Buckeyes look to make some noise this season.
     
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