Muhammad Visits ACC Rivals

Shabazz Muhammad, a top 10 prospect in the 2012 class, made a trip to North Carolina and Duke to see the two battle and visit each school.

Shabazz Muhammad had quite a trip planned this past weekend. A highly regarded standout at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, Muhammad took in two games, visited a pair of campus and had the opportunity to get to know a pair of future Hall of Fame coaches.

Muhammad's cross-country trip began in Charlotte where he watched his favorite NBA squad -- the Lakers – take on the Charlotte Bobcats. While it was certainly a bonus, the NBA battle wasn't the purpose of Muhammad's trip.

The highly regarded 2012 prospect left Sin City to unofficially visit two of the more storied programs in college basketball – Duke and North Carolina.

"I was impressed with both coaches -- Coach K and Roy Williams – by just the way they talk and how their programs perform," Muhammad told Scout.com. "The atmosphere [at the game] was just off the chart."

Prior to watching Duke and North Carolina go at it on the court, Muhammad and his family attended stopped by both Duke and Carolina, and met with their coaching staffs.

"I just went to Duke's shoot around," Muhammad said. "I got to meet the players and got to meet all the coaches. They just showed me around the campus of the school. It was just nice."

"I talked to Roy Williams and really got to talk to him," Muhammad said. "I went around the campus and saw the practice gym, the weight room and just everything. It was just an amazing experience."

As far as the game goes, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound, said it was unlike anything he's ever experience.

"It was crazy," Muhammad said of the rivalry game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels. "It was something I've never seen before. The fans and all that stuff was just packed wall to wall."

Following the game at Duke, Muhammad spent some more time with the Duke staff and heard from Duke's head man on their style of play.

"I got to talk to Coach K," he said. "He was talking about their style of play and how he likes his team to play and how he likes his guards to have freedom and shoot the ball, so I liked that."

So what were his overall impressions of both schools?

"I love North Carolina," he said. "They'll be there until the end. I like the atmosphere, the gym and just the campus in general."

"I really Duke too," he continued. "They'll be there until the end also. Coach K is a nice guy and I really go to sit down and talk to him about how his players play. I'm a guard and I like to penetrate in the gaps and that's what he wants his guards to do.

Muhammad, who was one his first two visits, has plans to visit Louisville, UCLA, USC, Arizona and a pair of Big 12 programs.

"Those are the only two schools that I've visited so far, for an actual visit," he added. "I'm looking forward to visiting most of the schools I'm interested in like Kansas and Texas and all those schools I have on my list."

At this point Louisville, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Kansas and Texas have offered him a scholarship, while North Carolina and Duke have not.

"I have plans to visit all of those schools. I don't think going to make an early decision. I want to sit down and really do my homework on all of these schools with my dad and take these visits and watch how these schools play."

Muhammad is regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 3 at the small forward position in Scout.com's early 2012 rankings.


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