Muhammad still high on Arizona

WildcatAuthority.com had an opportunity to talk with Shabazz Muhammad and he discussed his school options, how he views Arizona, and a possible decision date.

He may be the nation's number three prospect and arguably the top scorer in the class of 2012, but that doesn't mean Shabazz Muhammad isn't working to improve his game.

"The summer is going great," Muhammad said. "I'm having fun playing these tournaments and winning a lot of games. It's been a great experience. I've been working on my ball-handling and my overall skill set. I'm always working on my jump shot, everything can improve at this point."

While he's busy bettering his game on the court, schools all around the country continue to recruit to better their position with the 6-foot-5, 207-pound five-star prospect.

"Everything with recruiting is going well," Muhammad said. "I'm talking to a lot of coaches at Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Memphis, Arizona and a lot of others. I'm getting comfortable with those guys and getting a relationship with those coaches and going from there. I'm wide open right now and enjoying the recruiting process."

Rumors continue to swirl that there might be a leader in his recruitment, but the number one ranked small forward in the class of 2012 is quick to dismiss those notions.

"Everyone has been standing out," Muhammad said. "I've been going on these visits and everybody has been making their facilities just as nice as the others. I'm just focusing so I can make the right decision when it comes."

Muhammad's most recent visit was to Tucson to check out what Sean Miller and Arizona had to offer, and the coaching staff for UA has worked quickly to develop a rapport with the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product.

"My relationship with the Arizona coaches is a big one," Muhammad said. "I just talked to coach Miller maybe two days ago and we talked about some good stuff. I just love their facilities.

"I saw what they did with D-Will (Derrick Williams) and how he went from nobody to become a stud. If I go there, I think I can contribute a lot and get stronger and ready for the next level."

Arizona's pitch to Muhammad is not centered around tradition or playing time, but what UA can do to get him ready for the NBA.

"Coach Miller and I talked about D-Will and how he went from nowhere on the rankings and now he's the top player in the draft and how he's been working on the weights," Muhammad said. "He told me to imagine me doing that and that it would be a whole different level."

While coach Miller has worked to sell Muhammad on the program, the senior-to-be had a few chances to see the Wildcats for himself during the 2010-11 season.

"I watched Arizona play against Duke," Muhammad said. "They looked impressive running up and down the floor and that's what I like to see."

So, after hearing what coach Miller has to say, and seeing the program perform so well on the national stage, is Arizona a school Muhammad can see himself playing his college ball for?

"Absolutely," Muhammad said. "It's close to home and has all you can ask for. Coach Miller is a great coach and they're definitely a good program for me."

Even though Arizona has put itself in a good position with Muhammad, it will still have to compete against every school recruiting him with a ways to go before any decision is finalized.

"Whenever I feel comfortable on making a decision, that's when I'll make it happen," Muhammad said. "I'm just going to make sure I make the right decision and not rush.

"I'm going to keep everyone involved because I want to make the right decision and take my time. If you rush stuff, you don't get all of the good out of it. I'm going to get everything out of this recruiting process and go from there."


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