Shabazz-A-Matazz

In recruiting, it's almost never too early to look ahead. In fact, Bill Self and his staff have been keeping tabs on plenty of young players and one of the guys drawing the most attention in the class of 2012 is impressive wing Shabazz Muhammad.

It doesn't take long for Kansas to identify a top target, and in the case of Shabazz Muhammad, it was especially easy. Not only is Muhammad -- a 6-foot-3 wing from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman -- one of the nation's elite sophomores, his father has a prior relationship with the KU coaching staff.

Ron Muhammad, who played at USC in the 1980s when he had the surname of Holmes, has a long-standing familiarity with KU assistant Kurt Townsend.

"Kurtis and I go way back, we met through mutual friends," the elder Muhammad said. "I've known him since his days as an assistant at USC."

So that explains how Kansas may have gotten an early foot in the door with the younger Muhammad, but clearly the interest between the two parties is much stronger than social acquaintance.

Muhammad attended KU's elite camp this past summer and came away with a very positive impression of the school -- and a scholarship offer to boot.

"When I went to the camp, it was just a great school and a really nice campus," Muhammad said. "I've talked to Coach Self and they offered me, and they talk to my dad a lot, too."

Muhammad's list naturally includes many of the nation's elite programs. He has offers from the Jayhawks, UCLA, Louisville, Wake Forest, UNLV, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Texas, and North Carolina and Kentucky also are in pursuit.

"Everyone has been in to see me (at school)," Muhammad told Phog.Net.

"I've just got a bunch of great schools on my list, but I don't plan to make a decision until my junior year. I prefer to play wing guard, and that's what Kansas has said I'd probably play. I need to work on my ball skills and my jump shot, because I know now that everyone is trying to take my spot (at the top of the class)."

As for his father, Ron is not advocating for his alma mater or any other school.

"There's no hurry to do anything," he said. "As for Kansas, we have very good conversations. They have a first-rate coaching staff. They'll definitely be right there to the end of Shabazz's recruitment."


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