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No surprise: Gorman graduate Shabazz Muhammad declares for NBA Draft

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UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad claps as the Bruins get a lead on Arizona State late in their Pac-12 Basketball Tournament game Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Shabazz Muhammad - Pac-12 Tournament

UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad slaps hands with fans after the Bruins beat Arizona State 80-75 in their Pac-12 Basketball Tournament game Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Launch slideshow »

Shabazz Muhammad is one-and-done at UCLA.

The Bishop Gorman High graduate and Pac-12 co-freshman of the year on Tuesday announced the news that had been expected since he arrived in Westwood: He's leaving to enter the NBA draft.

Muhammad was the Bruins' leading scorer with 17.9 points per game last season. The 6-foot-6 guard, who helped Gorman win three state titles and in 2012 was the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, was named to the all-league first team and helped UCLA to a 25-10 record, the Pac-12 regular-season title and a runner-up finish in the league tournament. The Bruins lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Muhammad says he's thankful for what he describes as ''the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'' to play at UCLA. He says he's always dreamed of playing in the NBA and that he believes the time is right for him to move on.

The NBA draft is June 27.

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