NEW YORK -- The Shabazz Muhammad Era finally has begun at UCLA -- if you want to call one season an era, that is. But fans expecting one of the nation's most explosive freshmen to live up to the hype in his first career game were disappointed by Muhammad's debut in the Bruins' 78-70 loss to Georgetown on Monday night at the Barclays Center.
Sure, Muhammad, the No. 2-rated recruit in the 2012 class according to Scout.com and the prize of UCLA's vaunted recruiting class, scored 15 points in his highly-anticipated unveiling in the semifinals of the Legends Classic, and at times he looked like the can't-miss star whose highlight reels have become the stuff of Internet lore.
But there also were moments when Muhammad looked like an overmatched 19-year-old facing a quality Big East opponent in his first taste of college action, and as the Bruins dropped to 2-1 on the season, it became clear that both Muhammad and his team have room for improvement.
"It was real...