Farrakhan's List Shaping Up

One young man who had a tremendous summer was Mustapha Farrakhan. After a super Nike Camp, he's now being touted as one of the best available shooting guards in the country.

Take a stroll down the best available shooting guard list. Dorenzo Hudson out of Hargrave Military Academy tops the list in our opinion. Who's next? Try Mustapha Farrakhan, a 6-foot-3 18-point a game scorer out of Harvey Township near Chicago.

Until last summer, most of the recognition he received stemmed from the fact he's the grandson of Louis Farrakhan. Nowadays though, Mustapha Farrakhan stands on his own merits. He's become a very good college basketball prospect.

Last spring it became clear that Mustapha's game was rounding into form. His trademark 3-point shot was going down more than ever and then it all came to a head at the Nike All-American Camp where he really shot it well.

Troy Jackson, his high school, says Farrakhan's stock rose once he started making jumpers against guys with big reputations. "He was a great shooter since he's been here (now) it's just more pronounced now since he had a great summer and he's doing it against the big boys. When you do it against the big boys people take notice."

Farrakhan, who is taking the SAT this month, has offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Ball State and Vanderbilt. Jackson said Wyoming and Penn State are definitely coming soon for in-home visits. The coach said Farrakhan would like to sign early with a half dozen schools really pushing for a fall signature.

Jackson said his player has done a tremendous job of handling the responsibilities and pressures of being Louis Farrakhan's grandson. "I just look at him as a ballplayer and he meets the pressure from that standpoint. He's a great kid. He's very mannerly and humble. He's a 3.4 student and the kind of kid you want on your team."

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