Bearcats Land Floor Leader

Cincinnati needed a floor leader who can make people better and makes quality decisions late in the game. Bob Huggins & Co. appear to have found their man in San Jacinto Junior College point guard Jihad Muhammad.

Bob Huggins and the Cincinnati Bearcats knew they needed a floor leader – and they appear to have found one with San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College 6-foot, 180-pound point guard Jihad Muhammad.

Muhammad, a New Jersey native, averaged 16.8 points and 5.6 assists this season and led the team to a 27-4 mark. He originally committed to Baylor, but changed his mind and signed with Cincinnati after visiting the school last week.

``Last year he led us to the national championship game with a pretty mediocre team," San Jacinto coach Scott Gernander said. "He basically put us on his shoulders – he hit so many big shots."

``He's not your typical point guard because he can really score," added Gernander. "He can create shots from himself and has good range."

The Bearcats went with Nick Williams at the point for much of last season and they have Laurinburg (N.C.) combo guard Vincent Banks coming in next year, but neither is a true point guard – which is why they needed Muhammad.

``I'm not putting him up with Sam Cassell or Steve Francis in terms of talent," Gernander said of the two ex-San Jacinto stars. "But for he's done as well here as any point guard we've ever had."

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