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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: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:14 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Blueblood...if you noticed I said since 1977....not all time...1977 is when they started designating Mcdonalds All-Americans...

So Duke and UNC has choked more? Really...every team that loses in the National title game has choked huh...

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:05 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

If he is planning on one and done then it don't matter where he goes. If he wants to play for a while then he needs to look at witch school will give him the credit he deserves and the education. 1 more thing you need to look up ncaa championships, Duke is not #2. UNC 12, Duke 12, UK 7 look who has the most wins out of those #s. from those #s it looks like UNC and Duke choke more than anyone else you have named. UK has the most wins in history and they are 2nd in ncaa championship # 1 is UCLA.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:58 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

@RERUNSMAMMA....Really "if he is smart and wants a WORLD CLASS EXPERIENCE  he will go to Kentucky" are you serious....You really think he would sit behind upperclassmen at Duke...I guess Rivers this year and Irving last year did the same huh...lets get real....Just about every Duke game is on ESPN, Duke has one of the best basketball envirinments in the country, Duke has the most NBA players at 14 currently, Duke has the winningest coach in College Basketball, Duke has the second most National Titles, Duke has the most recent #1 pick in the NBA....Coack K can win a national title Calipari cannot even with all that so called NBA level talent....If he is really smart he will go to Duke...Personally if he is one and done I hope he doesnt....I would rather have players that stay 2 or 3 years....As good as Iriving was he played about 10 games for Duke last year and in no way should have been able to enter the draft...I wish the system would change cause alot of the kids need it...

Oh and whoever said Duke cannot win with all those Mcdonalds All-Americans on the roster right now....well he has 5 on the roster...1 does not play (Marshall Plumlee), 1 is hurt (cook), and 2 are Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, Mason is finally coming around and Kelly just isnt that good he is just a big man that can shoot....and then you have the Freshman Austin Rivers....So not the greatest of Mcdonalds all-americans....Kentucky Starts 5 McDonalds All_americans this year...Starts 5..>Calipari better win with that...But I am sure he and his players will choke before they even get there....and since 1977 no one has had more McDonalds All-Americans than UNC...with Duke and Kentucky 2nd and your Mcdonalds All-Aericans argument really doesnt hold water....since 1977 UNC 12 final fours, Duke 12 final fours, UK 7 final fours....Duke has also been to 9 championship games since 77...UNC 5 and UK 4....

My point is if this recruit wants a chance at the title then he should go to Duke....and if Calipari doesnt win a title with 5 starting McDonalds all-Americans then he should be run out of Kentucky....I am willing to bet anything he has done at Kentucky will be vacated soon enough....another reason you should avoid Calipari....

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:35 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

My even deeper inside sources say he's definetly choosing Duke.  Seriously, go to Duke and learn from the best! 4 Nattys-an Olympic Gold Winner....what ever you do, show that you have class and don't go to kensucky! You don't want your wins erased later do you? Go Duke!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:13 am

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Its Calipari, not Calapari...And Im sure they will have the checkbook ready

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:21 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

LOL, what an ignorant douche you are wesman. There's only one men's basketball coach with more national championships than Coach K. Nobody's gonna catch Wooden. You are probably just a Duke hating message board troll, because I doubt anyone is really that stupid.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:03 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:41 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Your arguement is rediculous and your comment shows just how ignorant you are as far as college basketball is concerned.  The schools with great basketball history...Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, many National Championships have those teams won combined?  35....35!!!!!!  How many Final Four appearances have those teams made combined?  76!!!!  How can you say recruits are fooled by coaches such as Coach K, Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Bob Knight, Calipari, Self, Crean?...just to name a few.  Those guys are some of the best coaches EVER in college basketball.  Your obviously a Maryland fan who is upset that Gary Williams retired and took the best years of Maryland basketball with him.  Your Terps will never be superior to Duke and get used to it.   I say all that to say this....players want to win a National Championship....its that simple.  The best way to do it is to play for Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, etc.....

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:50 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Deep reports say its either UK or UNLV  , He's visiting Texas A&M to go party and Duke to see what they're about but Calapari has a strong grip on him and UNLV is doing well and recruiting pretty well too (as well as being his hometown). He's smart he knows going to UNLV we bring back the program but going to UK will escalate him to the national circuit to levels maybe John Wall didnt even see.   GO CATS!!!!

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:22 pm

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

"OR GO TO UNLV AND PLAY BEFORE A FEW THOUSAND FANS."  Try more than 15,000 a game.  Top 10 in attendance natinally, way more than any school in the West. 

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