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Breakdown of Shabazz Muhammad's unofficial visits

Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:30 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 11:10 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

On Wednesday evening, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish reported that the NCAA has contacted each of the teams recruiting Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2012, and told them to be careful of his amateur status. According to the report, the NCAA is interested in connections between Muhammad’s family and two financial advisers that paid for at least two of Muhammad’s unofficial visits.

In researching the article, we found nearly 15 unofficial visits from Muhammad – not including trips to UNLV, which is only about 10 minutes away from Muhammad’s home in Las Vegas. That’s a very high amount, especially considering how many trips were to non-local schools. It's worth noting, though, that the visits during AAU tournaments (Duke, Kansas) are not uncommon. 

Here’s a timeline of non-UNLV visits:

March 5, 2010: Duke and North Carolina; the two teams played in Durham that weekend
May 2010: After AAU team played at the Tournament of Champions, he spent time at Duke
August 4, 2010: Memphis, on his way to Adidas Nations
October 2010: Late Night with Roy at North Carolina
November 27, 2010: Louisville for game vs. Marshall 
December 5, 2010: North Carolina for game vs. Kentucky
January 15, 2011: Duke
March 1, 2011: Kentucky for Senior Night vs. Vanderbilt
May 2011: Kansas, while team was playing in the Jayhawk Invitational
May 9, 2011:
Arizona, the day after Sean Miller turned down Maryland
August 7, 2011: USC for basketball practice, while at Adidas Nations
August 10, 2011: UCLA for a football practice with Kyle Anderson, while at Adidas Nations
October 29, 2011: USC for football game vs. Stanford

Official Visits

  • Texas A&M - Weekend of September 22-24, 2011 for football game vs. Oklahoma State
  • Kentucky - Weekend of October 14-16, 2011 for Big Blue Madness
  • Kansas - Weekend of February 24-26, 2012 for game vs. Missouri
  • Duke - Weekend of March 2-4, 2012 for game vs. North Carolina

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