Mustapha Farrakhan, Jr.’s grandfather, Louis Farrakhan, is the leader of the Nation of Islam and one of the big players in the 20th-century saga of civil rights; he’s also an endlessly controversial figure, long accused of being anti-Semitic. But Farrakhan, Jr.’s a basketball player, not a politician. He starred at the University of Virginia from 2007-11, leading the team in scoring his senior year, and last year he played for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA’s D-League, averaging 9.0 points a game. Now he’ll get a shot at the NBA — the Milwaukee Bucks just signed the 6’4” guard to their training camp roster. He still needs to make the regular-season team, but this is the best way to do it.
Although Farrakhan, Jr. spent most of his college career as an above-average player on a cellar-dwelling ACC squad, there’s one play that stands out: this dunk against North Carolina State. I was a student at Duke when it happened; it was the first time anyone had really heard of Farrakhan, Jr. outside of Charlottesville or the Farrakhan family, and nobody talked about anything else for a week.
This should be a good thing for the NBA.