After entering his name in both the transfer portal and the NBA Draft, two-time All-WCC performer Khalil Shabazz announced he is returning to San Francisco. It was reported that Shabazz was considering a return home to Washington or following former Dons’ head coach Todd Golden to Florida.
Shabazz, an All-WCC Second Team selection, was an integral part of the San Francisco’s NCAA Tournament team, reaching the Big Dance for the first time since 1998.
The Seattle, WA native averaged 13.7 points and 3.2 rebounds, connecting on 34.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In his third season competing in the West Coast Conference, the 6-foot guard recorded career-highs in minutes (30.0) and assists per game (2.1).
We Gone Slide For 1 More Ride,
— Khalil Shabazz (@Khalilshabazz0) May 10, 2022
Shabazz finished second in the WCC in steals with 1.8 per contest, while starting in 32 games for San Francisco.
The return of Shabazz brings about serious NCAA Tournament hopes for the Dons, seeking back-to-back appearances for the first time since 1981-1982. The Dons will return Shabazz and Gabe Stefanini from the starting lineup, while rising junior Zane Meeks returns after finishing the season scoring in double figures in eight of the final nine games.
San Francisco added three transfers in Marcus Williams (Texas A&M), Saba Gigiberia (Georgia Tech), and Toni Rocak (UC-San Diego) from the portal. While first-year head coach Chris Gerlufsen had a successful offseason recruiting in the portal, the return of Shabazz is the biggest offseason “addition” for the Dons.
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