Muhammad Shows Toughness, Talks Recruiting

Shabazz Muhammad put together a 28-point outing up against St. Patrick on Monday. But it wasn't with out a little adversity.

If you matched up against the nation's top team that had one of the best prospects in the nation on national television, you would have a right to be slightly nervous.

But when Shabazz Muhammad and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman went up against St. Patrick, Muhammad said he held off his nerves, despite struggling through the first half.

The 6-foot-5 highly regarded junior scored just five points through the first two quarters. His team trailed and Muhammad didn't appear to be pulling his weight.

But the second half was a completely different story. Muhammad went from sleepwalking to dominating. He attacked the basket, knocked down jumpers and had highlight reel finishes.

"I wasn't real nervous I just had to make an adjustment," Muhammad explained to Scout.com following the loss to St. Patrick.

"I think I was just pressing in the first half," he added. "[The defender] was pressing me and I was trying to dribble and I can't do that when they are up on me close. So in the second half I took the dribble and went right past him."

Despite the loss, Muhammad showed toughness and heart on his way to a game-high 28 points, including a loud 23 in the second half that kept the Gaels from getting completely blown out.

That kind of effort is exactly why college coaches think so highly of Muhammad. In fact, he already has scholarship offers from every school involved with his recruitment.

Recently, Muhammad was quoted as favoring Duke, UCLA and Kentucky. The five-star prospect clarified those comments.

"It wasn't really a top three," he said. "Those schools are just standing out the most right now because they've been in contact the most. I'm just looking at that. North Carolina and Louisville aren't out of it."

"They are just calling me and my dad," he said of the three schools. "They've done a good job with that."

Muhammad has taken trips to North Carolina and Louisville in the past few months. He also visited Duke this past weekend.

"I just visited Duke," Muhammad said. "Coach K is a great guy and I got to talk to him. Coach Wojo too. I talked to Kyrie and Nolan and I talked to all of those guys. So it was a great experience for me."

Muhammad, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked small forward, said he's not rushing a college choice.

"I just want to take all of these visits and make sure I'm making the right choice when it comes down to it."


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