Mustapha Farrakhan has the skills to land a D1 Scholarship, guaranteed playing time and even a spot in the NBA.
The former Virginia guard and NBA draft hopeful is the grandson of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. But as he tours NBA cities for predraft workouts – hoping against mock drafts that his name will be called one week from Thursday in Newark – Farrakhan is just trying to fit in. It’s the story of his life.
“I just tell everybody, ‘How your grandfather is, that’s how my grandfather is,’” he said. “It doesn’t feel any different or weird to me. It’s just family.”
The 6-4 guard is still a practicing Muslim, but his preference is for basketball sneakers, not bow ties. Despite raising his scoring average seven points to 13.5 in his senior year, Farrakhan is not projected to be picked in either round of the draft, nor does he place that aspiration above “working hard.” His workout Wednesday was his fourth in this predraft cycle.