Muhammad Has High Expectations

It's tough to win one state championship, much less two, but that's Taariq Muhammad's goal and it's certainly with in reach.

Just one year after winning a state championship, Norcross (Ga.) High has expectations of doing it again. Although they lost three starters from last years team, Taariq Muhammad, the starting point guard, has expectations that exceed a state championship.

"This year my expectation is to first play as a team, but also win a state championship," Muhammad said. "Our team is good enough for the national stage and we need to win a lot of national games."

Luckily for Muhammad, he's surrounding with a bunch of talent. The best of the bunch is Wake Forest signee Al-Farouq Aminu and he helps make Muhammad's job much easier.

"I'm actually blessed to even be playing with Al-Farouq," Muhammad said. "I'm going to cherish this moment and this year and I'm going to go at this year very, very hard. I feel like if we see eye to eye like we usually see each other, it's going to be hard for a lot of teams to beat us."

Individually, Muhammad, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound PG, plans to be more assertive on the offensive end.

"This year I feel like I'm going to need to be more aggressive, as far as putting up points," he said. "I think I need to do that for my team to be successful. If I don't shoot and score teams are going to start to back off of me. I got to score basically."

On the recruiting front, Muhammad's interest has picked up lately. He currently claims scholarship offers from Miami, South Carolina and Auburn. USC, Wake Forest and Michigan were among the schools that visited him during the fall.

"The recruiting process if going very well," Muhammad said. "I'm getting recruited by a lot of schools because I guess a lot of schools need a point guard."

Recently Muhammad took a visit to South Carolina and he came away with a great impression of their program.

"I took a visit to South Carolina when they played O.J. Mayo and USC. It was a real good game. They lost that night, but just seeing the college atmosphere and seeing what I can get into and I know South Carolina is a good school, but I want to weigh my options."

Muhammad, who doesn't plan to make a decision until sometime next year, said he's also hearing from Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Southern California, Georgetown, Clemson, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Texas.


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