Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves signed both of
their first-round picks of this year's NBA Draft, guard/forward Shabazz
Muhammad and center Gorgui Dieng, on Saturday.
Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Both players' rights were acquired in a draft-day trade with the Utah Jazz in
exchange for the draft rights to Michigan guard Trey Burke, taken by Minnesota
with the ninth overall pick.
Muhammad, the 14th overall selection, spent one season at UCLA. He averaged
17.9 points per game, fourth-best in the Pac-12 conference and second all-time
among UCLA freshmen, and led the Bruins to a 25-10 record.
A first team All-Pac 12 selection, the 6-foot-5 Muhammad helped UCLA win the
Pac-12 regular-season title and a runner-up finish in the conference
tournament. The Bruins also earned an NCAA Tournament berth, but were ousted
in the second round by Minnesota.
Dieng, the 21st overall pick, averaged 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks
per contest for national champion Louisville last season. He was selected to
the All-Big East first team and was named the conference's Defensive Player of
The 6-foot-11 Dieng averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during
the Cardinals' NCAA championship run, while shooting 77.4 percent from the
field in the tournament.
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