After a summer of patiently waiting, former Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has finally found a home in the pros.
Abdur-Rahkman signed a one-year deal with the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ G-League affiliate, late Wednesday night.
His father, Dawud, confirmed the signing to The News.
Abdur-Rahkman (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) started all 41 games for the Wolverines last season and set a program record with 144 career games played, including 139 consecutive contests to close out his four-year career.
He continually improved throughout his time at Michigan, and was a linchpin to the team's postseason success that netted back-to-back Big Ten tournament titles and appearances in the Sweet 16 and national title game.
As a senior, he led the Wolverines in minutes played (34.9 minutes per game), averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists, shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range, and came through in several clutch situations. He also ranked second in the nation with a 4.4 assist-to-turnover ratio (132 assists, 30 turnovers).
However, Abdur-Rahkman’s pro aspirations took a hit when he suffered a broken foot that required surgery in late May. The injury occurred while he was preparing for the NBA Draft and after he had one pro workout with the Houston Rockets.
Despite the setback, Abdur-Rahkman remained hopeful he would eventually get his shot at a professional career.
“I definitely will have opportunities to go overseas. I’m open to anything, really," he told The Morning Call, his hometown paper, back in June. "Any time you get paid to play a game you love, it’s all good.”
Abdur-Rahkman is the fourth Wolverine from last season’s national runner-up team to sign a pro deal, joining Jaaron Simmons (Swiss team Union Neuchâtel), Duncan Robinson (Miami Heat) and Moritz Wagner (L.A. Lakers).