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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.”

Comments

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

He's going to Duke. No doubt in my mind. When Coach K makes appearances, he is serious. He will get him for sure.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:41 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

ALL HE WINS IN LAWRENCE IS THE "bIG" 12.  EVERY YEAR THE KU TEAM'S ARE IKNOCKED OUT BY MID-MAJORS.  UK IS THE PLACE TO BE SEEN AND APPRECIATED. DONE DEAL




Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW LITTLE OR YOU ARE SMOKING SOMETHING ILLEGAL.  BET HE WILL GO TO DUKE, UNLV OR KENTUCKY. IF HE IS SMART AND WANTS A WORLD CLASS EXPERIENCE HE WILL GO TO KENTUCKY. IF HE WANTS TO PLAY BEHIND UPPERCLASSMEN HE WILL GO TO DUKE(WITH THEIR TALENT THEY ARE GROSSLY UNDERPERFORMING THIS YEAR-COACHES FAULT???) OR GO TO UNLV AND PLAY BEFORE A FEW THOUSAND FANS.  HE IS ONE AND DONE SO THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE:NO ONE TEACHES PLAYERS HOW TO ESCALATE THEIR GAME QUICKY LIKE CALAPARI.  GLORY OR MOMMA'S APRON STRINGS? SEE IF HE MANS UP.




Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Wait. Did Muhammad really say that coach K is a mastermind? Are u serious. Coach K has him and all of you fooled. Coach K actually isn't all that great a coach. If he was as great as all you think he was he would surely have a lot more Nat. Champ wouldn't he? Coach K took his team which is just full of McD HS All America into College Park to face the Terps who have a grand total of Zero McD HS All America on it's team yet struggled to beat them. This young man and many others are fooled by schools that have great BBall history and they choose to attend these schools. Look at all the HS All America that go to Kentucky and play for Calipari who is a joke and hasn't won squat. These kids should go where coaches actually coach like a Maryland who has struck gold in hiring Turgeon. Oh well Muhammad have fun at Duke where it's obviously your heading. Hopefully other great talents in the future will wise up and choose programs that have better teachers than the Dukes and Kentuckys of the world



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Smart Muhammad holding out for the best offer...I don't blame him!!  He looks like another Dion Waiters.  Must be the reason why Syracuse isn't on his list.



milesbeyondU
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:27 pm
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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

The only way he doesn't end up in Lexington is if Cal decides to not pursue him. He is going to look great in KY blue!



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:06 pm
 

CSUS - Sac State

I talked to his brother the other day. He's commiting to Sac State. Big Sky Conference. Turns out, that's my alma mater!





Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

"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."

If style of play is the main concern, he needs to go to Kansas.



Self has produced the best overall combination of offense and defense in the nation in his time at Kansas. Everyone has a chance to shine in Self's system at both ends of the floor. The work he has done with this year's roster at Kansas is absolutely amazing and highlights how strong his coaching philosophy is and how productive he and his coaching staff are.



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

World Wide Wes says its a done deal.... Shabazz to UK... just kidding, I don't know Wes. But if history is any indicator, I like Coach Cal's chances.



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