Even though he's yet to play the first game of his sophomore year in high school, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman star Shabazz Muhammad has made quite a name for himself. The 6-foot-4 sophomore wing has emerged as one of the top wing prospects in his class and he's intent on keeping that status.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., Muhammad moved to Vegas with his family at an early age. Because Vegas is a destination spot for grassroots basketball tournaments, Muhammad couldn't help but get hooked early.
"I would always watch the tournaments," said Muhammad. "My dad would always take me to the games and even thought I didn't know what was going on it was fun. When you are a kid, your eyes really light up watching those guys out there doing their thing. It really helped to spark some interest in basketball."
Now, Muhammad is one of the top guys that the young guys – and coaches -- are coming out to see. And when they watch, they get a competitive kid who does a lot of things well.
"I like to shoot the ball, I can post up and I really like the 15 footer. I can bring the ball up, and I love to look for the dunk on the fast break when I can get past my defender," said Muhammad. "I'm working on my rebounding and my shot, I really like where they are now. I need to keep working on my ball handling for the next level."
College coaches look to be in agreement at this point as he's already drawn several offers.
"I've got offers from Kansas, Texas, UNLV, UCLA, San Diego State, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Louisville, Wake Forest, there's a lot," said Muhammad of college interest in his game. "North Carolina is interested too but they haven't offered."
One of his most ardent pursuers has been Kansas. Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, has known assistant Kurt Townsend for some time and both Townsend and Bill Self have kept in touch.
"I love Kansas," Muhammad told Phog.Net. "My dad has talked to Coach Townsend and Coach Self a lot about my recruitment."
Muhammad has also been to Lawrence for a visit.
"I've been to their camp and it was a great experience," said Muhammad of Kansas. "I like the campus, it's very big and the program is very prestigious. They showed us the practice facility stuff, it's really nice."