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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 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

But if he really wants 2win it ALL!! He'll join the JayHawk nation in Lawrence, Kansas...



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

It would be great if USC can land this guy. But the reality of the situation is, why a talent like this would consider any PAC12 school the way the Conference has drop to a one bid Mid-Major League?



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

It would be great if USC can land this guy, but the reality is that why would he consider any PAC12 schools the way that the conference has droped down to a one bid Mid-Major League?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Shabazz keeps everyone guessing BUT DECIDES !!!

.....  That he should go to  LOUISVILLE & play for the Best Coach & Program in USA  !!!    NOW-- Thats a NICE headline !!  Make it Happen !!!  Welcome  Shabazz --- GO CARDS !!



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

But....Ahhh i see what you did thier



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Beat you in the tourmant last year when you had fart face mazzula so i retain bragging rights for a year and we are also beating you in the ESPN coaches charity poll so meahhhhhh!!!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Shabazz comes to UK and we tear it up blow it in the tournament again and he becomes the #1 overall pick
Fixed it for you.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Choose UNLV! We need our next hometown hero!




Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Sergio UK dosent want you as a fan go away....Shabazz comes to UK and we tear it up again and he becomes the #1 overall pick in the draft open and shut make it happen Cal.....BIG BLUE NATION GO CATS!!!!!!



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Shabazz Muhammad keeps everyone guessing

Do me a favor Shabazz.  IF you are planning on being 'one and doner'...don't go to UK.  Enough is enough.  If NOT, then disregard this post.


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