San Jose State fans, look away.
San Jose State has lost leading scorer Rashad Muhammad according to an ESPN report. The brother of former UCLA star and current small forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Muhammad leaves the Spartans after a two win season and failing to beat any Division I teams. He averaged 13.9 points a game, even though his team only averaged 53.7, ranked 350th in the country. Rashad no longer identifies himself on Twitter as a Spartan and has been tweeting from numerous southwest cities such as Phoenix. Rumors of him attending a Pac-12 school strengthened after being in Arizona.
For the Spartans, Muhammad is the second departure of this off-season. San Jose State also lost freshmen Darryl Gaynor to JUCO powerhouse Southern Idaho. They are however welcoming four star forward from Wisconsin Cody Schwartz and three other incoming freshmen. So the question still looms for this team, can they win?
After playing in a very respected conference for the 2014-2015 campaign, the ‘15-’16 year might be breakout for the Mountain West. All of the top teams have very strong fan bases along with great stadiums and arenas. The Event Center this past year only held a capacity of over 1,000 people four times this year in a 5,000 seat arena. In my opinion, Muhammad got out while he could. If he has a chance to play in front of 10,000 plus at some of the Pac-12 arenas, then why shouldn’t he?