Kansas visits top 2012 prospect

Shabazz Muhammad is the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com which, as one might imagine, means he's certainly not short on interest from college programs hungry to earn his signature on a letter of intent. The Kansas Jayhawks are one such program, and Wednesday made their way to Las Vegas for an in-home visit with the five-star talent and his family.

As the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, Shabazz Muhammad certainly isn't hurting for attention from college basketball coaches - or scholarship offers.

With a current list that includes several of the most powerful names in the sport - Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Texas A&M, UCLA and UNLV - the 6-foot-5, 207-pound perimeter talent is now delving more deeply into the recruiting process via a series of in-home visits.

Most recently, Muhammad and his family played host to the Kansas Jayhawks, as Head Coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend stopped by their Las Vegas home Wednesday night.

Though already well familiar with the Kansas program and its winning history, Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, said they were still surprised by the magnitude of the Jayhawks' success in recent years.

"It went really well," Holmes said. "Coach Self is very impressive. He gave us some information we weren't really aware of. We knew Kansas won at a high level, but in eight years (under Self) a four-seed is the worst they've had in the (NCAA) tournament. That's almost unheard of."

All told, the coaching staff spent more than an hour with the family, watching videos and discussing various elements of the program and the school - including Self's style of play.

With a talent the caliber of Muhammad, rumors surrounding his recruitment and which way he might be leaning are virtually impossible to avoid. But regardless of what the latest word on the virtual street might be, Holmes said his son doesn't know where he's going to school.

Right now, he's keeping open ears - and an open mind.

"He's doing his due diligence and he's going to take his (official) visits, and he's going to make a springtime decision," Holmes said. "As of right now, he's pretty confused."

However, the Jayhawks have kept themselves firmly in the mix, and it chances are good for an official visit to Lawrence, Kan. Muhammad already has two of his five visits set - first to Texas A&M this weekend, and then to Kentucky in mid-October for the program's Midnight Madness festivities.

"That visit is likely," Holmes noted, of Kansas. "It was a discussion about it, we just have to figure out the dates. So we're just trying to figure that out."


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