Jayhawks in the mix with Muhammad

With an official visit to the University of Kansas now on the books, Shabazz Muhammad and his family will be courtside Feb. 25 as the Jayhawks take on the Missouri Tigers. Wednesday, Phog.net spoke with the five-star prospect's father, Ron Holmes, to get the latest on his son's recruitment - and how Kansas factors in.

Ron Holmes hears the chatter about his son's recruitment.

Depending on the source, it could be UCLA that's leading, or maybe Kentucky, or Duke. He hears it, and he just shakes his head.

"We always said from the beginning he's going to sign in April, and that's when he's going to make his final decision," Holmes said. "We've been consistent, everyone else hasn't."

By now, as long as one follows recruiting in even a cursory fashion, the identity of Holmes' son is obvious. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman star Shabazz Muhammad is perhaps the top overall hoops prospect in the Class of 2012. A 6-foot-5, 210-pound athletic scoring machine, he has five stars glittering next to his name with every recruiting service, was recently named a McDonald's All-American, and appears poised to make a major impact at the college level.

One school the gurus rarely mention in connection with Muhammad's recruitment these days is the Kansas Jayhawks, and Holmes can't understand why. Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend has recruited his son since he was a freshman, and they've been there every step of the way since.

When Townsend isn't handling things, Head Coach Bill Self is stepping in personally.

"Coach Self came to our practice yesterday," Holmes said. "They've done a good, steady job recruiting him the whole time. That's why I laugh sometimes at who they say is leading, or who isn't in the picture."

The family has long maintained Kansas would receive one of Muhammad's five official visits, and now it appears that date is set. He and his parents will trip to Lawrence, Kan. next weekend, as the Jayhawks take on the Missouri Tigers in a prime-time tilt.

"We just had to figure out what game," Holmes said. "We wanted it to be a big game and wanted it to be entertaining, so that's the game we chose."

"We're definitely excited about making the trip," he added. "We really respect what Kansas does as a program and what Coach Self does as a coach."

Thus far, Muhammad has taken two officials - to Kentucky and Texas A&M. He has a fourth scheduled the week after the Kansas visit, to check out Durham, N.C. and the Duke Blue Devils.

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