The Melbourne Tigers have reached agreement with American guard Mustapha Farrakhan to fill their import vacancy.
Planning for Ayinde Ubaka’s departure for personal reasons, the Tigers quickly finalised discussions with Farrakhan, who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and most recently at pre-season training camp with the NBA’s LA Clippers, Farrakhan’s signing is subject to final approval by the NBL.
Should approval be granted, it is expected Farrakhan will be in uniform and make his NBL debut for the Tigers against the Townsville Crocodiles at The Cage on Sunday.
“Mustapha has a skillset we think will complement the style of game we are trying to play and the skillsets of our players,” Tigers coach Chris Anstey said.
“He gives us a different look and is more in the mould of (injured import Stephen Dennis). We are very confident he will help our group on both ends of the floor.”
At 193cm and 82kg, 25-year-old Farrakhan is expected to bring scoring and athleticism to the Tigers’ roster, providing crucial depth in the guard rotation.
After four seasons at Virginia, where he averaged 13.5 ppg as a senior, Farrakhan embarked on a pro career, largely in the NBA D-League.
Drafted in the first round by the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam, Farrakhan has also been with the Iowa Energy, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Idaho Stampede. Farrakhan was also with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2012 pre-season.