Muhammad Talks Duke at MDAA

Shabazz Muhammad sat down with TDD after winning MVP honors at the McDonalds game.

CHICAGO – As the showcase player in the McDonald's All-American game, Shabazz Muhammad certainly did his job. The No. 2 player in the country was named the game's MVP, going for 21 points and six rebounds to lead his West team to a 106-102 victory.

"It's been a great week and a great experience," Muhammad said. "Knowing that all of these guys - Derrick Rose, LeBron James - have been in this game before, I'm just blessed to have this opportunity."

Shabazz set the tone for the game the entire week, playing hard in practices and setting the bar for intensity and physicality.

"I was just trying to stay humble and I tried to play hard and lead my team," Shabazz said. "It's a good opportunity playing with these guys because you know you're playing at the highest level."

Shabazz also received a lot of attention this week as one of five McDonald's All-Americans to be uncommitted. Muhammad is currently eyeing Duke, Kentucky, and UCLA.

"It's important how comfortable I feel with the head coach and the style of play," Muhammad said. "I'm going to take my time, talk with my family, and make the right decision for myself."

The Devils rate high in Shabazz's mind as he begins to break down each school.

"Duke means a lot (to me)," Muhammad said after the game. "Rasheed (Sulaimon) was shooting his butt off today. Knowing they have Rasheed and losing Austin (Rivers), but still having the pieces to really do some damage. I enjoy talking to Coach K; he's a really brilliant guy."

While the coaching staff has limited access to recruiting the Las Vegas native, future Blue Devil Rasheed Sulaimon spent much of his time during the week talking to Shabazz about Duke.

"Rasheed does a great job doing it and he could be an assistant on (Duke's) staff with all of the recruiting he does," Shabazz joked. "But he's a good guy, a great player, and if we did go there together he'd be a great teammate."

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