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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: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:12 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Saw him in Tucson today. Unofficial visit!!! Call me a dreamer but I believe Sean Miller just assembled the Fab Five.... Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, Gabe York, Grant Jarrett and Shabazz Muhammad. The rest of the country can forget about the next few years.

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:07 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

I think Shabazz is going to go to Murray State because he loves playing team defense and sharing the ball on offense. Furthermore, he wants a great education so he will be staying for four years. Finally, UK will agree to play Murray State and they will win all four games that he plays! Why hasn't UK ever played the Racers? What was Rupp's problem?


Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:57 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

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

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:39 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Dolphin says:  .But I am sure he and his players will choke before they even get there...

Who choked last year.  cough cough.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:01 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Anything can happen with a young recruit,so who really knows ? No one for sure. But alot of insiders would bet money on UK, chances are very high the "KENTUCKY EFFECT" has a hold of him. Only time will tell though. But you got to admit he would look awful spiffy with Kentucky across his chest !!!!!

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Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:42 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

"UK has the most wins in history and they are 2nd in ncaa championship # 1 is UCLA." That's all fine and dandy. However, what have you done with those wins? Nothing since Tubby's first year in 1998 with NO All-Americans or future lottery picks. Teams win championships not individual talents. 2009- 4 1st rounders ( Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Orton), 2010 (Knight, T. Jones, Kanter (DNP) and Lamb...4 top 30 prospects. 2011 (Davis, Teague, Kidd-Gilchrist, Wiltjer)...4 of top 20. All UK is now is a team that will win with athleticism until they're faced with a mental test and they falter as a team would that relies solely on players that are there to showcase themselves for draft purposes rather than compete. <br />Plus with Goodwin and Polythess committed, he would be joining two top 15 players. Makes no sense for him. He knows all eyes are on him and if he's one and done, he should head to UNLV and prove he can elevate a team like a top 5 pick should. <br /><br />

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:22 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

again BlueBlood...I wasnt just picking a time I was making a direct response to whoever started about McDonalds all-americans and 1977 is the start of Mcdonalds All-Americans....You say you can read but you must not be able to understand or you havent read the whole thread....there is a reason I picked 1977 I didnt just pick it out to make Duke look good....

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:46 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Kentucky bound.You can tell in the way he talked about Kentucky and our style of play.He said his top priority is play style.He look crazy in Puke blue anyways.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:12 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

'Bazz will be staying at home and playing for the Runnin' Rebels.  UNLV's head coach, Rice, has a brother who is the head coach at Bishop Gorman High School where 'Bazz attends.  UNLV has 1 scholarship available for the 2012-2013 season and have declined transfers from both UK and Ill while obtaining the services of Birch from Pitt.  Ironically, UNLV beating UNC, then #1, did wonders while being televised on ESPN.  The whole reason why Birch trasferred to UNLV was because he watched the game and wanted to play in the style of offense.  Also, 'Bazz was in attendence which did wonders for the hometown kid.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:42 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

I know you said 1977 I can read but you can't pick a start time just to make the teams you want to look good. Not every team that looses in title game chokes. There has been some teams that just got on a hot streak at the write time but the better team won it all.

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