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Nazr Mohammed 13
Chicago, Ill.
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Nazr Mohammed

Nazr Mohammed 1997-98

* Played in 39 games, starting the last 27 contests. * Shot 59.7 percent from the field to lead the team, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. Has shot 55.3 percent from the field for his career, the seventh best mark at UK. * Scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half against Stanford after playing only four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Against Utah, he scored eight of his 10 points in the first half before foul trouble limited him to 13 minutes for the game. * Recorded a career-high six blocked shots against UCLA in the South Region semifinals. * Finished second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg), first in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and first in blocks with 75. His 75 blocks were the fifth most ever recorded by a Wildcat in a single season. He now has 135 career blocks, fifth on the all-time list. * Had a team-high 18 points vs. S.C. State, thanks to 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line, while matching his career-high four assists. * Named first-team All-SEC by the coaches and media, first-team District 7 (Ky. and Tenn.) by the NABC and first-team District 4 (Ky., Tenn., Miss., Ala., Ga. and Fla.) by the USBWA. * Earned SEC All-Tournament team recognition after tallying 33 points, 24 rebounds and five blocked shots in three games while playing less than 20 minutes per game. * Suffered a slight right shoulder separation against South Carolina in the SEC Tourney championship game. * Went scoreless for the first time all season at South Carolina (2/28), but still tallied seven rebounds, and a career-high four assists and three blocks in 27 minutes. * Led the SEC in field-goal percentage for most of the season until his field goals per game fell below the minimum of 5.0 mpg. * Recorded nine double-doubles this season to lead the team. Recorded his most recent double-double of the season against Arkansas, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the SEC Tourney semifinals. It also was his sixth of the season against SEC opponents. His double-doubles this season include:

Opponent            Points  Rebounds
    vs. Arizona     14      16
    vs. Indiana     21      12
    vs. Vanderbilt  19      12
    vs. Arkansas    14      13
    vs. Alabama     22      10
    at Villanova    18      11
    vs. Tennessee   21      16
    vs. Georgia     16      11
    vs. Arkansas (SEC)12    10

* Arguably his best line of the season vs. Tennessee (2/11/98) -- 21 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks, a personal-best three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 28 minutes. The 16 boards equaled his career high set earlier this season against defending national champ Arizona. The five blocks also tied his career high set against Morehead State in November. * Scored the biggest basket of the season, a driving bank shot as time expired to beat host Vanderbilt, 63-61. Had played only three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, but finished with eight points (4-of-5 from the field), two rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes. * Logged the most minutes of his career (32) against Alabama after playing 31 minutes against Arkansas. * Made his first start of the season against Ohio, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 22 minutes. * Nearly had a double-double against Louisville, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds after recording only four points and two boards in the first half. Also had three blocks in 19 minutes against the Cards. * Named SEC Player of the Week for Dec. 1-7 after tallying back-to-back career highs in points. Against Purdue in his hometown of Chicago, he scored 19 points for the Great Eight win. He followed up the effort with 21 points and 12 rebounds (nine in the first half) as UK defeated Indiana. * Set a career high for rebounds with 16 against Arizona, 11 in the first half. Finished with 14 points (6-6 from the foul line) for his first double-double of the season.

Season Highs
                Opponent    Date
Points      22  Alabama     1/21/98
Rebounds    16  Twice
Blocks      6   UCLA        3/20/98

Played in 39 games, starting 12... Finished the season second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.8 rpg, and in blocks with 52... Finished fifth in the SEC in blocks and 16th in rebounding... Named the team's Best Rebounder... Recorded his team-leading seventh double-double of the season in the national championship game, tallying 12 points and 11 boards in 25 minutes... Against Iowa in the NCAA Tournament, he tallied 10 points and 10 boards in 14 minutes... Averaged 7.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg in the NCAA Tournament... Had 18 points and eight boards vs. Florida (1/29/97) in 14 minutes due to foul trouble... Scored 18 points on 8-9 shooting at Arkansas (1/26/97)... Recorded a season-high 14 rebounds against Auburn to earn Player-of-the-Game honors... Made his second career start against Louisville, tallying 10 points and five boards... Breakout game came against Georgia Tech, recording his first double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds... Two games later, he registered 14 points and 12 boards... Was named Player of the Game in both outings.


"Nazr has really come around. I've been impressed with him all preseason. He has to continue to work on his post defense and his footwork. If he can start the year the way he finished it, we'll have a pretty solid ballclub."

YEAR G-S MIN-AVG FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB-AVG PF-D AT TO BS ST TP-AVG 96-97 39-12 667-17.1 132-259 51.0 0-2 .000 45-89 50.6 226-5.8 101-4 12 59 52 33 309-7.9 Totals 55-12 755-13.7 145-288 50.3 0-2 .000 56-113 49.6 250-4.5 119-4 15 77 60 37 346-6.3
Career Highs
                Opponent    Date
Points      22  Alabama     1/21/98
FG Made     9   Twice
FG Atts     17  Florida     1/29/97
3FG Made    0
3FG Atts    1   Twice
FT Made     8   S.C. State  3/13/98
FT Atts     10  Twice
Rebounds    16  Twice
Assists     4   Twice
Turnovers   7   Auburn      1/18/97
Blocks      6   UCLA        3/20/98
Steals      5   Villanova   2/8/98
Minutes     32  Alabama     1/21/98


  • Full Name: Nazr Tahiru Mohammed
  • Nickname: Naz
  • Birthdate: Sept. 5, 1977
  • Place of birth: Chicago, Ill.
  • Parent: Tahiru Mohammed
  • Siblings: Donny, Samir, Jr., Hassana, Husseina, Vicki, Sausi, Precious
  • Major: Business Management
  • High school coach: Harry Davis
  • High school team mascot: Broncos


  1. Favorite food: Spaghetti and chicken
  2. Favorite class subject: Math
  3. Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
  4. Favorite movie: Friday
  5. Favorite actor: Laurence Fishburne
  6. Favorite sport other than basketball: Volleyball
  7. Favorite sports figure: Hakeem Olajuwon
  8. Favorite NBA team(s): Chicago Bulls and now the Boston Celtics
  9. Hobbies: Bowling
  10. If you could change one thing about college basketball, what is it? No zone defense
  11. My greatest moment in sports: Winning the national championship
  12. If I were not playing college hoops, I would be: Playing college football
  13. The thing I like about basketball is: It takes a whole team to win
  14. The thing I like about UK Basketball is: The fans
  15. The thing that impresses me about Coach Smith is: His intensity on the court and his calmness off the court
  16. My primary inspiration in sports is: To be better than my opponent
  17. My advice to youngsters is: Don't give up on your dreams

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