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Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:26 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 1:17 pm
No. 1 prospect Shabazz Muhammad has not given any hints as to where he's headed next year. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Everyone wants to know where Shabazz Muhammad will play his college basketball next season. As the consensus top prospect in the class of 2012, his decision has the attention of fans, casual observers, recruitniks, coaches – everyone.

Muhammad’s classmates at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) are no different.

“Probably 10 times a day in school,” Muhammad said last week when asked how often he hears the question. “Everyone wants to know. I don’t mind it. I just say I don’t know yet.

“I’m still looking at all my schools.”

Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 small forward, has had a pretty static list for the past year. UCLA, Kentucky, UNLV, Duke, Arizona, Kansas and USC are the ones jockeying for his services right now.

He’s taken his time throughout the process, only taking official visits to Kentucky and Texas A&M so far. He won’t make a decision until he’s taken all five of his officials.

“Probably when I’m done with my visits,” Muhammad said. “I have three more officials, and I’m definitely going to take them. I’ll have them scheduled in a month or so.”

For now, he said he’s looking at Duke, Kansas and Arizona for the remaining visits. Because they’re so close to home, UCLA and UNLV likely won’t receive official visits.

“It’s worthwhile to go to a farther school for an official, since they’re paying,” Muhammad said.

UNLV seems to be gaining some traction in his recruitment, especially after picking up Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch. Moreover, the hometown school has been on Muhammad as long as anyone, and the Runnin’ Rebels performance this season is just proving that the program is on the rise.

They’re certainly in the mix for Muhammad.

“The program is really coming along,” he said. “They got Khem Birch, some other recruits. They’re a great program, they’re going to be a great team. I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with the recruitment.”

Muhammad also said he would be OK staying at home in Las Vegas.

John Calipari and a couple of assistants were in attendance for Muhammad’s game at the Hoophall Classic against DeMatha Catholic (Md.). The Wildcats are continuing to turn up the heat on Muhammad.

“The interest level is high,” Muhammad said. “Coach Cal was at my game. I talked to them a week ago. I just think I fit really well in their style of play.”

Another school that sent a head coach and two assistants was Duke, as Mike Krzyzewski was front-and-center for Muhammad’s nationally-televised game.

“Coach K is just a mastermind,” he said. “I’m really getting excited about going down there.”

The school that has been associated with Muhammad’s recruitment for most of the past two years was UCLA. The Bruins are squarely in the mix for him, and the addition of top-five prospect Kyle Anderson in the fall can only help.

“Who wouldn’t want to play with Kyle?” Muhammad said. “How he sees the floor is just remarkable.”

Another school in the running for an official visit from Muhammad is Arizona. The Wildcats have the top recruiting class in the country right now, and adding the No. 1 prospect would cement its spot atop the rankings.

Moreover, Sean Miller would have one of the most talented rosters around.

“I think I would fit really well,” Muhammad said. “They run a high-tempo style.”

Style of play is Muhammad’s most important factor in his recruitment. He prefers a mostly half-court style where he could use his tremendous scoring ability to his advantage, but he also wants some fast-break opportunities where he can get out in transition.

Muhammad won’t let the pressure get to him; he’s set on taking his time and making an informed decision after his season ends.

“It’s kind of weighing on me, but I’m still weighing my options out.”


Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:11 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

"Unique NBA development"=going to the hood and getting D- "students" that would not be able to set foot on
campus' like Duke or UCLA. Any fool can do that.  The real coaches are the guys that mold championship banners
with student-athletes.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:59 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

The day Duke is a "junior" program is the day Kentucky basketball players will regularly go to class .

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:45 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Don't count Kansas out.  Apparently, his dad liked what he saw.  “A lot of people have no idea what’s going on. We’re going to officially visit Kansas, and I’ve said that many times. If it works out, I’m going to bring my entire family to Kansas. I always knew Kansas was a great school, but the in-home visit really opened my eyes.”

Since: Apr 22, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:06 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Poppa Sam bought most of those NCAA Championships for UCLA.  After Wooden retired, UCLA was busted for all the Wooden violations, Poppa Sam was banned from UCLA then UCLA went down to what ???????

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:16 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Definitely made for Kentucky. One and Done.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:40 pm


This guy is MADE for Kentucky.......he would get national TV exposure virtually every game, would benefit from Calipari's unique NBA development ability, and would become a god in the commonwealth of Kentucky for generations. Big time players and big time programs go hand-in-hand.....why attend a junior program like Duke or UCLA when the Big Blue is calling.......I mean really ???

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:25 pm
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Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:09 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Gorman Blue looks surprisingly familiar?  Very close to Creighton Blue...

If he's open still in his choices... he needs to look no further than the

Bluejays.  Wink 

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:10 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Well, whom ever he chooses I wish him and that school the best of luck. As a college basketball fan I hope he develops into a great player. And if he does he won't be there for long.

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:18 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Path says: I love Kentucky fans. They have VERY long memories. Of course, they have to, in order to feel their team has accomplished something. 

How about a VERY SHORT memories of last 2 years.  Elite 8 and Final 4, not too shabby.  Short or Long take your pick.

Your problem is more of jealously than anything else.  Oh well.....

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