Senior Season Going Well For Muhammad

Norcross wasn't supposed to be undefeated in the state of Georgia this year, but they are because of strong play from the point guard position.

Many in the state of Georgia doubted Norcross (Ga.) High. Without guys like Gani Lawal and Al-Farouq Aminu on the team, they were expected to fade off, just a year after winning the state title.

That hasn't happened. The Blue Devils are rated No. 1 in the state and have yet to lose a game within the states borders, and one of the main reasons is because of senior point guard Taariq Muhammad.

"Right now we are actually undefeated in the state, but we did lose a close game in North Carolina at the Bojangles tournament," Muhammad said. "Basically we are trying to prove to ourselves that we can win state again.

"A lot of people don't think we can do it again because we don't have the McDonald's caliber talent," he continued. " As people can see now, they thought we were going to lose games and now we are undefeated and number one in the state."

Behind the 6-foot-1 lead guards play, Norcross is getting ready to head into the playoffs and are now among the favorites. Muhammad is averaging 16 points per contest and over a half dozen assists per contest.

Wit his play, and the need for point guards in the 2009 class, it's no surprise to hear that Muhammad is being trailed by a handful of programs. Among the ones showing interest are UAB, LSU, Virginia, Cincinnati and Central Florida.

"Recruiting is going alright right now," he said. "I know all the schools are still in session right now and once their season ends I think I'll get more offers, but right now I'm only looking at a handful of schools."

Mike Davis and UAB have made an impact on his recruitment and Muhammad is planning to visit their Birmingham (Ala.) campus in the next few weeks.

"Cincinnati came when we played Rakeem Buckles during our tournament," he said. "I'm going to visit UAB on February 28th. I didn't make my trip to LSU, but Virginia came to see me when I was in North Carolina."

"It's still kind of early because you know there's going to be a new coach getting hired at UGA, so we knows what could happen with that situation," Muhammad said.

Muhammad and Norcross are back in action on Friday against South Forsyth. After that contest, they'll begin to prepare for the playoffs.


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